Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Sketch N Scrap #84 - Graduating 8th Grade

**This is my second post for today. If you're looking for my Feeling Sketchy reveal please scroll down or go here.**
Hello again! I super excited to share with you my first reveal for Sketch N Scrap. I have to tell you that all of these ladies are a pleasure to work with!
Lisa has provided us with the first sketch of the month, and it is a great one!
And here is my layout:
Supplies used - Bella Blvd Star Student collection, small black alpha stickers - Simple Stories, enamel dots - Doodlebug Designs, star die - Paper Smooches, arrow die - Cuttlebug.
When I first saw the sketch I immediately thought of maybe scrapping some 4th of July photos - the colors and the stars - that was just my first thought. Does that happen to you when you see a sketch? I tried not to go to the obvious (for me!) and decided to scrap these photos of my son on the night of his 8th grade graduation.
My youngest son, Shane, graduated from 8th grade back in May. Well, sort of! He had a major meltdown that evening when we got to the school. It was just way too loud and chaotic for Shane. We tried to wait and see if his para could calm him down enough to participate in the ceremony, but he just was not going to have it. We made the decision to take him home.
Before we left, and the actual ceremony began, the principal did give Shane his diploma, in the hallway by his classroom, where it was much quieter and calmer. My sister snapped a picture of me, Shane, and his para before we left. Mrs. Boyd is absolutely wonderful with Shane and has been a godsend for us. We are so fortunate to have her in our lives! This adventure called autism that we are on is never dull!
Be sure to check out the Sketch N Scrap blog to see the rest of the design team's creations! I hope you have the time to play along - you have until the end of the month to link up your layout!
Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Feeling Sketchy #124 - Sweetness Overload

Hello everyone! Happy hump day! Here we are at the first of the month again, and I have a fun sketch to share with you from Feeling Sketchy.

When I first saw this sketch I knew it was going to be perfect for a layout.

I had these super sweet photos of Miss Ada that I had printed off in 4x4's, and I thought they would be perfect to use. I still had the Bella Blvd Molly collection out, and since it had a piece of paper with cupcakes on it - well, it was a no brainer - I had to use it!

For my title I wanted to use "Sweetness Overload" because the photos are so sweet, and so are those cupcakes. I didn't have any small letter stickers for the word "sweetness" in the colors that I wanted, and I really didn't feel like stamping them and cutting them out. I found a piece of Echo Park Creative Agenda paper in my stash that had words all over it in a crossword form and found all of the letters I needed in the colors I needed and cut them out that way. I added a couple of puffy stickers to it and I love the end result!

Head on over to the Feeling Sketchy blog to see how the other design team members interpreted this sketch. There are a lot of gorgeous projects for inspiration.
Thanks for stopping by! I'll be back a little later with another post!

Monday, June 29, 2015

Sketch N Scrap Card Sketch #52

Hello again! This is my second post today, so if you're looking for my Use Your Stuff post, just scroll down or you can find it here.

I am back with another patriotic  card for you this afternoon. The 4th of July is one of my favorite holidays, and it's always fun to make a card - or two - to celebrate it!

For this card I used this fun sketch by Lisa over at Sketch N Scrap.

And here is my card:

I embossed the background with the Tiny Stars embossing folder from The Paper Studio. I used up some more scraps from the Just Because 6x6 paper pad from Little Yellow Bicycle, and the little flag cluster is a sticker from Jolee's Boutique. You can't tell it in the photo, but the whole card front is popped up on some thin foam tape to give it a little more dimension.

This card came together very quickly and this is a sketch I will use again! I love it when cards can be so quick and easy, thanks to a good sketch!

That's it for today. Thanks for stopping by and I will be back soon!

Use Your Stuff - Anything Goes

Happy Monday and welcome to my blog!

There is a new challenge up today on the Use Your Stuff blog, and it is the last challenge for a while. We are taking July and August off for a summer break. We will be back with a new challenge on September 7.

This week's challenge is always a popular one - Anything Goes! Make any project you choose and link it up over on the Use Your Stuff blog. This challenge will be open all summer long and you can enter it as many times as you like. At the end of the summer, Tammy will pick 3 entries to win a small prize pack.

Since Independence Day is coming up here in the states, I decided to make a patriotic card.

I used the Just Because 6x6 paper pad from Little Yellow Bicycle. I am so sad that they are no longer in business - this is one of my favorite paper pads!
I also used this sketch from My Favorite Things card challenge blog:

My Favorite Things always has great sketches every Wednesday on their card challenge blog.

Be sure to stop by the Use Your Stuff blog and see the projects the rest of the design team have made. I hope that you will be inspired to play along with us this summer!

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Lasting Memories #248 - So Happy Together

Good morning, everyone! I hope you all are having a good weekend. My hubby's vacation has officially started - yay! No big plans to go and do anything - just catching up on things around the house. We may fit in a trip to the lake if the weather is nice and warm!

Lasting Memories has a new challenge posted today over on the blog. We are starting a new group of challenges for July and they are going to be some really fun ones! The theme for July is "Together" and this first week's challenge is to scrap the theme.

I chose to scrap a layout of my daughter and her little family. I snapped this photo of them when we went to the zoo earlier in the month, and I just love it! The way they are both looking at Ada just melts my heart. They are the happiest when they are all together.
I used the Basic Grey Capture line for this layout. Basic Grey is another one of those companies that I am really liking right now, and when I came across this collection at Tuesday Morning for $5.99 I had to get it. I love the papers and the colors in this collection - they are just so pretty!
I used the newest sketch from ScrapMuch:

I love Laura's sketches and knew when I saw this one that I was going to use it as soon as possible.
I am also offering up the prize for July over at Lasting Memories. Play along with any, or all, of our challenges in July and you will have a chance at winning this:
Thanks for stopping by and have a fantastic day!

Monday, June 22, 2015

Use Your Stuff #189 - Hello Beautiful

Hello, everyone! I hope that you had a good Father's Day weekend. The rain has finally stopped, the sun is shining, and it feels like summer!

This week's challenge is up today over on the Use Your Stuff blog, and this week Karrie is challenging us to use some wood on our projects.

I chose to do a layout and use some wood veneer pieces.

Wood veneers are one of my favorite embellishments to add to any project, and believe it or not, I don't have very many pieces of it in my stash. Hopefully I can add more to it soon!;)

I based my layout on an older sketch from Sketch N Scrap by Kelly Holifield. She had actually posted it in one of her birthday challenges last month for Sketch N Scrap's Birthday Bash. It was the perfect sketch for my layout. I just love the papers cut on the diagonal and all the layers behind the photo.

I used more Bella Blvd for this layout. I think I may have a slight obsession with them right now!

Kelly's birthday challenge was to use only 3 patterned papers, and technically, I did. I used the grey and the turquoise for my background, so that was 2 papers, and the navy dot, the pink grid, and the multi colored stripe all came from the same sheet of cut apart strips. The yellow heart paper behind the photo is actually the back of a candid card from the Molly collection, and my "Hello Beautiful" title card is also a candid card.

So, that's it for today! Be sure to check out the Use Your Stuff blog and see what kind of wood the rest of the design team used on their projects. I'm sure you will be inspired to play along with us.

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Sketch N Scrap Design Team

I am so excited to finally be able to share that I have been asked to be part of the Sketch N Scrap Design Team! I have followed them since they first started and I always love the sketches that Lisa and Kelly create. I am just beyond thrilled and honored to be a part of this talented team.

My first reveal will be on July 1st - I can't wait!

You can meet the rest of  the new design team (and see the returning members) over on the Sketch N Scrap blog.

Buddies At The Zoo

Hello, everyone! Happy Thursday! We are one day closer to the weekend.

Today is my day to be up on the Sketches In Thyme blog with my take on the week 3 sketch.

Supplies used - Patterned paper - Bella Blvd - Color Chaos (orange stripe), Birthday Boy (green check, multi colored hearts), Summer Squeeze (yellow stars), stickers  - Bella Blvd - Color Chaos, Alpha stickers - Bella Blvd - Sophisticates (Buddies), alpha stamps (at the zoo) EK Success, Dies - Lawn Fawn - hearts, Paper Smooches - Stars,  We R Memory Keepers - Circles, Enamel Dots - Doodlebug Designs, Cardstock - Kraft - Close To My Heart, Navy - Paper Studio, White - Colorbok, Ink - Close to My Heart.

Last weekend we headed to the zoo for my birthday. We met Abby, Shawn, and Ada there and we had a great day. It was overcast and quite breezy and all of the animals were out and about - some even put on a show for us.

Not long after we walked through the admission gates, Matt picked up Ada and carried her around for a good part of the time we were there. After that she was Uncle Matt's buddy. Of course, she thinks Matt is all that, so having him carry her put her on cloud nine!

I loved this photo of them sitting down and taking a little break. It was just one of those special moments.

I used a few different collections from Bella Blvd on my layout. I have always been a fan  of theirs, and I love that all of their collections coordinate so well together. It makes it so easy to mix and match.

The sketch has a couple of places that showed some paper tearing with another pattern peeking through and I wanted to be sure and do that on my layout. I haven't done paper tearing in a long time, and let me tell you, kraft cardstock is not easy to tear! I couldn't stop there with the distressing, so I distressed the edges of all of the other papers with my scissors.

Here is Shawn's sketch for this week - #153:

If you play along with this sketch or any of this month's sketches and you link it up over on the Sketches In Thyme blog, you will have a chance at winning a $25 gift certificate from:

Here is the week 1 sketch:

And week 2:
The more times you play along and share with us, the better chance you have to win!
Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today! I truly appreciate it.
I will be back soon with some exciting news!

Monday, June 15, 2015

Feeling Sketchy #123 - Happy Father's Day

Happy Monday! Here we are at the middle of the month again. It sure seems that since summer has (unofficially) started, that time is going by twice as fast!

The new sketch is posted today over on the Feeling Sketchy blog and it is one of my favorites.

Kenny K Downloads is our sponsor this time around and they provided us with some images to use. Since Father's Day is right around the corner, I chose to use one of the Father's Day Sentiments for my card.
supplies used - Patterned Paper - Fancy Pants - Swagger Collection, Scalloped Circle die - Sizzix, Circle die - Quickutz nesting circles - We R Memory Keepers, Star die - Paper Smooches.
I love the Fancy Pants Swagger paper for masculine projects - whether it be for a layout or a card - and I knew it would be perfect for this Father's Day card.
Be sure to check out the Feeling Sketchy blog to see how the rest of the team used this sketch and to find out more about our sponsor.
I hope you can find some time to get crafty and play along with our sketch!
Thanks for stopping by and I'll be back soon!

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Lasting Memories #246 - The Journey

Hello everyone! I hope you are all enjoying your weekend. We have had a busy couple of days with a trip to the zoo, some shopping and bringing Ada home with us to spend the night so her Mommy and Daddy could go see Jurassic World. I don't know of a better way to spend the weekend!

The new challenge is up over on the Lasting Memories blog today. Our theme for June is Amusing Anecdotes/Inspirational Photos and this week's challenge is - The Journey.

Supplies used - Patterned Paper - pink flowers and dot - Doodlebug Designs- Sunkissed, green grid - Studio Calica - Snippets, stripe - Recollections, flair - My Minds Eye - Now and Then - Dorothy, enamel dots - Basic Grey,  small alpha stickers - Theresa Collins, "explore" - Lawn Fawn Coles ABC's die.
I fell in love with this photo of Ada that Abby had posted on Facebook. There is a great big world out there for Ada to explore and she is up for the challenge! She has a big journey ahead of her and I can't wait to see where it takes her!
I still need to add a little bit of journaling, but I need to find out some more details from Abby first.
I used the March 2 sketch from Let's Get Sketchy for my layout.
Head on over to the Lasting Memories blog and see how the rest of the team interpreted this challenge.
Thanks so much for stopping by today and have a wonderful day!