Friday, November 17, 2017

Sketches In Thyme #301

Hello, hello! Happy Friday to you! I hope you have had a good week and are ready for the weekend!

Today is my day to be featured over at Sketches In Thyme with my take on sketch #301, courtesy of Brenshevia:





I have had these photos of Ada from Christmas Eve 2015 sitting out on my desk for a while just waiting to be scrapped. This fun sketch was perfect of them. I have used a mix of papers from Bella Blvd's "Christmas Cheer" and "Make It Merry" collections. 

My journaling is on the tag that is stuck behind the photos. It says - Ada wasn't too sure about these moving reindeer at Jenny and Art's house. She was quite intrigued by them and kept wanting to go outside and look at them, but she sure didn't want to get too close!

She could barely enjoy the Christmas party for wondering about these deer! I'm sure they were a little strange to her 2 year old mind!

Be sure to check out Sketches In Thyme all month long for more inspiration from the design team. We hope you can find some time to play along with us!

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today! I hope you have a fantastic Friday!

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Soul Scrappers - Cards of Christmas

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

Over at Soul Scrappers, we are all about getting those Christmas cards done this month. All month long on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday we will be posting a new Christmas card challenge for you. Today is my turn to post the challenge and I am challenging you to add a Santa to your card:


This little Santa is my favorite so far for this year. He is a digi stamp from Limited Runs Digital Stamps and I know this is not the last time you'll be seeing him. I already have plans to use him for a few more projects.

I used Bella Blvd's Holly Jolly Christmas papers for this card. This is the collection that I am using for my December Daily and since I already had the papers out on my desk I put them to use for my card.

Stop by Soul Scrappers and check out the other Christmas card challenges that have been posted. I will have another challenge for you later in the month and I hope to get all caught up with the rest of the challenges, too.

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

Sketches In Thyme PL Style #90

Hello and Happy Wednesday! I still cannot believe that next week is Thanksgiving! Time has been a blur since Halloween and I'm sure it will stay that way until the first of the year!

Today we have the mid-month sketch posted over at Sketches In Thyme PL Style. Emma has created a great sketch for us to work with. It shows it being a journaling card, but you could easily add a photo to it instead.



I have been working on my December Daily in every spare minute that I have to try to be ready when the first rolls around. I thought this sketch would make a great journaling card for one of my days. I'm sure I will add a little something more to it - a puffy heart...enamel dots...something, but that will come once the card has the journaling on it.

Head on over to Sketches In Thyme PL Style to see the beautiful inspiration from the rest of the team. Each member has created a little something different to show how versatile these sketches can be. I hope you find some time to play along with us!

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

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Try Stampin' On Tuesday #348

Hello, everyone! Good Tuesday morning to you! I hope that your week is off to a good start.

We have a brand new sketch for you today at Try Stampin' On Tuesday. This week's sketch is courtesy of Vicki and our optional challenge is - from plain to fancy.


For my card, I used the argyle embossing folder for my main panel. I always reach for my swiss dot embossing folder, but made it a point this time to use something different and I love the way that it turned out!

The banner stamp and the sentiment are both from Close To My Heart's - Joyful Tidings Workshop Your Way (B1578) - stamp set. I love this stamp set and I know I will be using it a lot more this holiday season.

Head on over to Try Stampin' On Tuesday to see the beautiful cards from the rest of the design team. I hope you have some time to play along with us! You can link up with our challenge on the blog here or on our Facebook page here. You have two weeks to play along!

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

Monday, November 13, 2017

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #238



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.

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge has a great new sketch posted today:



Since I don't have any oval dies or punches, I decided to use this banner stamp and mount it on a piece of patterned paper instead. This stamp set is from Close To My Heart's - Joyful Tidings Workshop Your Way kit - and it is my new favorite! I love the different banner outlines and the sentiments that fit inside. The striped star and the dotty star are from the set as well, and I die cut a couple of silver glitter stars to add a little sparkle to my card.

Be sure to stop by Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge on Wednesday for the full design team reveal and last week's Top 3. I hope you find some time time to play along with us. I would love to see what you create!

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

Make It Monday #100 at The Memory Nest!!

Hello, everyone! Good Monday morning to you! I hope that you had a good weekend! Mine was filled with catching up on some scrappy projects that I can't wait to share with you!

I'm a little sad writing up this post as The Memory Nest is taking a little break. I have so enjoyed being on the design team and creating with the sketches that Leslie provided for us. Leslie has been a pure joy to work with.

Here's a look at the 100th sketch:


 

I took these photos of Ada one day while we were waiting for Abby to get off of work. She was looking so cute standing up between the seats and I couldn't resist taking a few pictures of her. I told her to look at me, and she did, but then she looked away right as the camera snapped. So, I tried again - telling her to look at me, and again, she did, but then she looked away right at the last second. I asked her why she kept looking away and she said, "Nana, my eyes just need to look other places!" She is something else!

I have used Dear Lizzy's - Lovely Day - collection for this layout. Most of the embellishments came from Pink Fresh Studios - Dream On - ephemera pack. They were a good match to the colors in the Lovely Day line.

Head on over to The Memory Nest to check out the layouts from the rest of the design team. I hope you get a chance to play along with our last challenge!

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

Saturday, November 11, 2017

HIMCR #326 - Super Scraps Saturday

Hello, again! I am back with my second post of the day. If you are looking for my Let's December Daily post, please scroll down or go here.

Today is Super Scraps Saturday at Hiding In My Craft Room! Pull out those scraps and use them on your project. Our sponsor this month is The Cutting Cafe and the prize is 3 sets from their online shop!


I got to work with the assorted banners templates. I don't have a die cutting machine, but these banners are easy to cut freehand - they just may look a little wonky, like mine!


Since I am knee deep in December Daily things, I decided to make a couple of cards to add to my album. The navy blue cardstock, the white cardstock, and the red paper all came from my scrap pile. I'm not sure just yet if I will use the 3x4 card as a journaling card or if I will add a photo to it...we will see once December rolls around!

Head on over to HIMCR to see the projects from the rest of the design team. I hope you have a chance to play along with us this week!

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

Let's December Daily Kit

Hello, everyone! Good Saturday morning to you! I hope that you have had a good week and are ready for the weekend. I know I am!

Today is my day to share my December Daily kit over on the Let's December Daily blog, and I thought I would share it here on my blog, as well.

When I first started thinking about my December Daily and what I wanted to include in my kit, I was a little stuck. I am a traditional colors girl through and through. Give me red, green, and white with a little bit of kraft or black thrown in, and maybe a little touch of silver and gold. My problem with only going with these colors is that I plan on documenting not just the holiday and the stories that go along with it, but a little of our everyday life in December, as well. 

Our granddaughter will be in the majority of the photos and that means lots of pinks and turquoise in the photos, so when I came across the Holly Jolly collection from Bella Blvd in my stash I knew it would be perfect to satisfy my need to have things match! Since the Holly Jolly collection is more on the cutesy side, I also added in the papers from the Advent collection from Illustrated Faith for the days that I wanted something not-so-cutesy.




I will be using the die cut pieces from both collections, and I have pulled some wood pieces, metal embellishments, enamel dots, sequins, and gems, and some baker's twine in colors that match the papers. I'm sure more items will be added along the way.


Since I will be making a lot of the cards and embellishments that will be going into my album, I have included quite a few of the Christmas stamps that I have collected.



There you have it! I know not everything in my kit will be used and I also know that more things will be added as I go along. I think this is a pretty good kit to get me started!

I will be sharing my cover/title page a little later on in the month, along with my page prep - to hopefully give me a good head start on things when December 1st hits!

Be sure to check out the Let's December Daily blog throughout the month of November to see what Mandy and Tracey have going on in their albums. We would love to see you playing along with us!

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

Monday, November 6, 2017

Use Your Stuff #287 - Take 5

Hello, everyone! Good Monday morning to you! Are you ready for the new week? I'm not sure I am, but it's here nonetheless.

We have a new challenge up today at Use Your Stuff. This week Amy is challenging us to "Take 5" - pick 5 things from your stash that has been lost among the collections and use them to create something.

I'm going to be honest here - it's been a rough few days around here. My youngest son that has autism has had a rough time at school this past week or so. It's gotten to the point of us looking into what other options we have, and that has consumed most of my time and sucked the creativeness right out of me. I've missed my creative time - it is a stress reliever for me - and I decided I needed to get back in my craft room and get something made!


I've been going through my stash for my December Daily album and I came across these metal stockings from Making Memories. I've probably had these since 2003 or 2004. Perfect for this challenge don't you think?! My 5 items are - a 6x6 paper pad from Simple Stories that I haven't used in a year or two, these metal stockings, a stamp from Close To My Heart that hasn't seen the light of day for a good 3 years, a circle punch (I tend to use my dies more than my punches lately), and when I used the punch it didn't make a clean punch, so I used my edge distresser to make it look intentional!

Head on over to Use Your Stuff to see the projects from the rest of the design team. Why don't you pick out 5 forgotten items in your stash and play along with us!

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

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Sketch N Scrap Card Sketch #109

Hello everyone! Good Sunday morning to you! I hope you are having a good weekend.

We have a new card sketch posted today at Sketch N Scrap. Heather has created a great sketch for us to work with.



I have created yet another Christmas card! I think this tree stamp that I pulled out of my stash must be my go-to stamp this year. I'm sure you will be seeing it again before the holidays.

I changed things up a bit from the sketch, but you can definitely still see it in my card. The paper is from Crate Paper's Peppermint 6x6 paper pad.

Head on over to Sketch N Scrap to see the beautiful cards from the rest of the design team. We hope to see you playing along with us this month.

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