Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #242

Hello again! I am back with my second post of the day. If you are looking for my Try Stampin' On Tuesday reveal, please scroll down or go here.

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge has a great new sketch posted on the blog for this week.

As promised in my earlier post, I have used more of the Echo Park - Anything Goes - 6x6 paper pad and the stamp and die set from Sizzix for my card. I had a little trouble with the white panel part on this card. I played around with other patterned papers, but with the busy chevron strip, I couldn't get any of them to work without being way too busy for my liking. I kept going back to the plain white background and it was almost too plain. Once I decided to emboss that panel with my swiss dot embossing folder I liked it much better.

Once again I heat embossed my sentiment and the party hat. I really like the white on the darker backgrounds for a change.

Be sure to stop by the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge blog and check out the new sketch. The full design team reveals will be tomorrow. I hope you have some time to play along with us!

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

Try Stampin' On Tuesday #352

Hello, everyone! Happy Tuesday! This week is moving right along.

We have a new sketch for you today at Try Stampin' On Tuesday. This week's sketch is courtesy of Kaylin and our optional theme is "Time to Celebrate".

When I first saw the optional theme, my first thought was to make a New Years card, then I came across this birthday stamp and die set from Sizzix in my stash that has been neglected for far too long, and thought I would go with it instead. I need to work on getting more birthday cards in my stash for the new year.

One thing that I plan on doing in the coming year is get better at heat embossing on my cards! I am going to add to my embossing powder collection this year - currently I have white, black, and gold, which is not a bad start, but the black and gold are a glitter type embossing powder and I would like to get a metallic gold and plain black. I only had to stamp and emboss these images once this time around - usually I'm having to do it multiple times to get it right. Practice makes perfect and I am determined to perfect this technique in the new year!

The papers I have used are from Echo Park's - Anything Goes - 6x6 paper pad. The colors and patterns in this paper pad are just my style, and you just may see another card later today using this paper pad and stamp set - stay tuned!

Be sure to stop by Try Stampin' On Tuesday to see the cards from the rest of the design team. This will be our last challenge until the first of the year. We are taking a couple of weeks off to have a little extra time this holiday season!

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

Monday, December 11, 2017

December Daily Day 3 and 4

Hello, everyone! Happy Monday to you! I hope that you had a good weekend and are ready for the new week. My oldest son will be home from college later this week, so that is something to be looking forward to!

I am up today over on the Let's December Daily blog with my Day 3 and 4 layouts. If I have any hopes at all of completely finishing this album in December I'd better get busy, but goodness, this is a busy time of year!

My album is finally heavy enough to lay flat when opened so I am sharing photos of what the layouts look like inside the album and then I will share photos of the layouts out of the album and a little more up close. I didn't take the photos/cards out of the page protectors this time, so they may look a little dull because of that.

I am finding that my biggest challenge with this December Daily is getting my photos to work with the page protectors from the previous day! (This is why I stick to one design of page protectors in my weekly project life!) One of the ways that I am overcoming that challenge is to make a few different shapes and sizes of layouts that don't fit into a page protector - like I did for the first page of my Day 3 layout.

Day 3 is all about my favorite ornaments. For the first page of this layout, I created a scalloped circle page to add my photos to.

It's really hard for me to pick just a few "favorite" ornaments. Every single ornament on our tree has a story to go along with it. I did narrow it down to these 5 that are near and dear to my heart.

First is our angel tree topper that Shane made in preschool - so she is at least 14 years old. I love that her wings are his hand prints! Over the years her halo has fallen off, but I just can't bring myself to retire her for something new.

Second is an ornament that used to hang on my grandparents tree. Hucky and Poppy had this set of glitter shaped ornaments on their tree for as long as I can remember. (I have no idea just how old they are, but I do know they are older than me!) The year that Hucky passed away, Aunt Kay gave each of us girls one of the ornaments from the set. Mine is always front and center at the top of the tree.

The rest of my most favorite ornaments are a gingerbread man that Abby made in second grade, a hand print reindeer that Matthew made in second grade, and some Santa clothespins that my Mom hand painted. I can't remember exactly when she painted them. but it has to be close to 20 years ago. Wow - how can time go by so quickly...

Day 4 is documenting a typical Monday for us. I was lucky enough to capture a beautiful sunrise that morning. What a wonderful way to start the day! I also documented a shopping trip. Now that Shane is home all day, he gets to go with us when we go shopping. He is usually always ready to go on our shopping trips - you just never know how long you have before he is ready to leave! On this particular day he was happy to be shopping - even pushing Ada around in the cart - which is a first!

The rest of the layout is a selfie of me and Ada (and Mommy Pig). Ada has been getting Peppa Pig surprise eggs for a while, trying to get the whole collection. All we need is Candy Cat, but apparently she is hard to get! On this day we got Mommy Pig. Ada wasn't too upset with that, even though I'm pretty sure this is the second one we have,. She was happy enough with her prize to show her off in our selfie!

The other photo is of some ornaments that I found while we were shopping that reminded me of some when I was a kid. I couldn't resist and had to get them.

Here are each of the layouts close up:

Phew - that was quite a long post! Be sure to stop by the Let's December Daily blog for more December Daily inspiration. We would love it if you shared your December Daily with us!

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

Sunday, December 10, 2017

LM #374 - Tic Tac Toe Challenge

Hello, everyone! Happy Sunday to you! I hope that you are having a good weekend. Ours has been pretty quiet - which is really nice once in a while!

We have a new challenge for you today at Lasting Memories. Our theme for the month is "Winter/December Holiday Traditions" and this week our challenge is a tic tac toe challenge. Create a Winter/December Holiday layout and use the following tic tac toe board. Use the items in any row going up and down, across, or diagonally.

Doing a December Daily this year has really had me thinking about different stories and things that I want to be sure and get pictures of this holiday season. Ada loves to look at all of the ornaments on the tree. I'll find her at least once a day just looking at the tree and really looking at the ornaments. Every time that I ask her which ornament is her favorite, she always picks this pink lollipop that I got in our family ornament exchange in 2012. Since Ada always helps us decorate the tree, I thought it would be fun to start a new tradition of asking her which ornament is her favorite and see which one she picks each year.

I have used the last row on the tic tac toe board - sequins, stars, and wood veneer. The papers are from Doodlebug Designs "Sugarplum" collection - I just love those little ornaments and the non traditional colors on this layout! I have used acrylic stars from Elle's Studio, wood veneer from Hobby Lobby and Studio Calico, and the sequins have been in my stash for a long time!

The ornament paper and the pink striped paper were in my 100 Patterned Paper Challenge box, so that is two more papers that I got used up!

Head on over to Lasting Memories to see the beautiful layouts from the rest of the design team. I know it's a busy time of year, but I do hope you find some time to play along with us!

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

Saturday, December 9, 2017

HIMCR #330 - Super Scraps Saturday

Hello and Happy Saturday! It's just a little over two weeks until Christmas - are you all ready for it? I am not! I still have the majority of my shopping to do!

We have a new challenge posted today at Hiding In My Craft Room! It's the second Saturday and that means it is Super Scraps Saturday! We want you to dig into that box of scraps of use some of them up on your project this week!

Our sponsor for this challenge is Di's Digi Stamps and the giveaway is a $12 gift certificate to the store. Be sure to check them out!

Since this is Super Scraps Saturday, I dug into my scrap box and found a few scraps of the Simple Stories - December Documented - 6x6 paper pad. There wasn't a lot of it left, but I was able to make a card with what was!

For my card today, I have used a digi from Scribbles Designs called Festive Tree #F(151). I just discovered this site and I really liked the images that I saw there! I fell in love with this cute little skinny tree! I know it will be showing up on more projects to come! The sentiment is from a Studio G $1 bin stamp set that has been sitting in my stash - unused - for far too long! I added a wood veneer star to the top of my tree, and you can't tell it in the photo, but I have gone over the "snow" at the bottom of the tree with my Wink of Stella pen to give it a little shine.

Head on over to Hiding In My Craft Room to see the beautiful projects from the rest of the design team. You have until Saturday, Dec.16 at 2 a.m, CST to play along with us this week!

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

Thursday, December 7, 2017

December Daily Day 1 and Day 2

Hello, hello! Happy Thursday to you! I can't believe that this time next week my son will be home from college for Christmas break! Christmas is sneaking up on me! I think it's because we've been having  such nice weather. That's changing today - temps are going to be in the low 30's with a windchill in the low 20's...it will definitely "feel" like Christmastime today!

Today is my day to share my December Daily pages over on the Let's December Daily blog. We have 3 different styles being shown over there - so be sure to check it out. 

Since the last pages that I shared with you were my pre-December pages, I am sharing my Day 1 and Day 2 photos today. Day 1 is documenting Ada not feeling well in the days leading up to December.

It never fails - when the holidays roll around someone always catches a bug! Abby and I were talking over Thanksgiving and she said that every time Ada has been sick it has been at the holidays. In fact, last year I went with her to take Ada to the doctor - I believe it was December 19th...at least this year it happened at the first of the month and she was feeling better in no time at all!

I'm keeping my numbers this year pretty simple. I have a clear sticker book that had these circle numbers in it, so I am just adding them to the scalloped circles that I die cut earlier and will color coordinate them each day.

Day 2 - Since Ada's birthday is November 30th, her birthday party is always the first weekend in December. I thought the present die cuts that came in the Holly Jolly collection worked well with this spread. I typed up and printed out some birthday phrases to add to a couple of the photos, and in the journaling I made sure to tell what she got and who was at her party.

This page is also part of Day 2. We were on our way home from Ada's party when Abby called and said their house was so quiet after the party and they didn't have anything to do, so would it be alright if they came over for a while! Of course we said yes - we love that our kids want to come and spend time with us! They came over and we had so much fun playing card games.

So, the bottom photo is not the photo that will be used in the layout. I was adding a sticker title directly to the photo I wanted to use and one of the letters went astray...there was no getting it up without destroying the photo. I had this photo that was similar, but I really like the other one better because it shows everyone that was playing games. Since this was part of Day 2 I wanted to at least show you it, but I will get the photo reprinted and finish off this layout to share with my next set of pages the first of next week. Hopefully I will have several days to share with you!

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

Monday, December 4, 2017

Use Your Stuff #291 - Woodgrain

Hello, everyone! Happy Monday to you! I hope that you had a good weekend and are ready for the new week.

We have a new challenge for you today at Use Your Stuff. This week Gail is challenging us to use some woodgrain in our projects. This could be paper, wood pieces, or woodgrain embossing folders.

Here is the card that I have created:

Hey, I've created something other than a Christmas card! It seems like those are the only types of cards that I have made these last couple of months! It was nice to create something different for a change.

I've used papers from Simple Stories - Homespun 6x6 paper pad - the first collection that I thought of when I saw this challenge. The sentiment is from a Hero Arts stamp set - CL582 - and stamped in versamark ink and heat embossed with Zing white embossing powder. I added a button from my stash to finish it off.

Head on over to Use Your Stuff to see the beautiful woodgrain projects from the rest of the design team. We hope you find some time to play along with us!

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

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Lasting Memories #373 - Winter/December Holiday Traditions - Sketch Challenge

Hello, everyone! I am running just a little bit behind getting my layout up for today's challenge at Lasting Memories.

This month our challenges are courtesy of DT Sandy and our theme is - Winter/December Holiday traditions and this week we have a sketch challenge! The sketch is courtesy of Laura Whitaker:

I wanted to use a photo of Scott and I with the boys from last Christmas and I didn't want to - or more like couldn't - cut it into a circle, so I used the circles as a sort of mat for my photo instead.

The background paper is from my 100 patterned paper challenge pile, and is from an old Lilybee collection - Buttercup. All of the other papers are from Bella Blvd's - Holly Jolly - collection. I added in a stamped Christmas tree that I had on my desk. I think I may go back and add in some enamel dots scattered around the layout...what do you think? Would it be circle overload?

Be sure to stop by Lasting Memories to see the beautiful layouts from the rest of the design team. We would love it if you played along with us this month!

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

December Daily - Pre-December Pages

Hello, everyone! Good Sunday morning to you! I hope that you all are having a good weekend. Ours has been filled with a lot of fun family time! I love it when our kids come to visit!

I am up today on the Let's December Daily blog sharing my Day 1 of my December Daily - sort of! I guess this is really my title page and my pre-December pages. We always put our tree up the weekend of Thanksgiving, so these photos are from November 25th...I could have just used this for my Day 1, but there are so many memories to document and stories to tell! My actual Day 1 will be revealed in a few more days.

First I will show how the album looks with the pages inside. Since I feel like you never get a good clear photo when the cards are in the protectors, I will also share photos of them outside of the protector.

Here is my title page. I kept it pretty simple - just added the year and an embellishment that I made.

The back side of my title page will be my reasons why page. I just haven't decided if I want to make a pocket to slide my journaling into or if I will do a list style page.

My first page is the start of our tree decorating. Scott is always in charge of putting our snowflake garland on and then he turns it over to the rest of us. The bottom photo is of our ornaments still in the box ready to be hung on the tree.

I am so thankful that even though the kids are all older they still want to be the ones to decorate the tree. The rule is everybody has to hang at least one ornament for me to get a photo. Some years the boys will stay until the job is done, other years they hang a few and then they are done! Abby and I take whatever help we can get! These are the photos of everyone decorating the tree. Shane always has to hang one of our Patrick (from Spongebob) ornaments, and this year he came back for more. That may be a first for him!

In the top photo of this layout, I journaled directly on the photo. It says, "It took Ada a little bit of time to warm up to the idea of decorating Nana and Pops' tree, but once she started she stuck with it until it was done!"

The bottom photo is Shane putting the angel on the top of the tree. He made our topper when he was in preschool, so it's only fitting that he is the one to add it to the tree!

I like the idea of having a few photos enlarged and outside of a page protector. I wanted to keep the photo of our decorated tree a full 4x6, so I matted it to a piece of patterned paper and put it directly into my album.

Here are the cards outside of the protectors:

And that is the start of my December Daily! We would love to see your process over on the Let's December Daily blog. Just add a link to your process in the comments!

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

Saturday, December 2, 2017

HIMCR #329 - Christmas Colors

Hello, everyone! Happy Saturday to you! I hope that your weekend is off to a good start. We are getting ready to go celebrate my granddaughter's 4th birthday today. Where in the world did the last 4 years go?!

We have a great new challenge for you today at Hiding In My Craft Room. It's the first Saturday of the month and that means we have a color challenge for you today. Just use Christmas colors for your project.

Our sponsor for this week is The Paper Shelter and the prize is a $15 gift certificate to their store.

The design team was given a couple of different digital papers and images from The Paper Shelter to work with this week. Here is what I came up with:

I made a square card - which I don't normally do. It's fun to work with a different style once in a while. The image that I used was pre-colored, so after I printed it out, I fussy cut it and added it to some foam tape to give it a little dimension.

Head on over to HIMCR to see the beautiful work from the design team. We would love it if you played along with us this week!

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