Friday, November 27, 2015

Flashback Friday #184 @ Scrapbook Challenges

Hello everyone! Happy Black Friday to you! If you were one of the brave ones that headed out early for some Black Friday shopping - kudos to you! I guess I'm not much of a shopper, because I went a couple of years and decided it was not for me! Too many not so nice shoppers, and I rarely came home with what I wanted, so now I sleep in and almost always find what I was looking for, for a good price anyway.

Anyway, today is Flashback Friday at Scrapbook Challenges and we have a fun sketch that has been updated for you. If you want to see the original sketch, check out the Scrapbook Challenges blog. Here is a look at the updated sketch :

The great thing about this sketch is that it is great for scraps, or for a 6x6 paper pad, which is what I used. I wanted my layout to have bright, fun colors and the Simple Stories DIY Boutique was perfect for it.

These photos are of my daughter at her 20th birthday party. I can't believe that was 5 years ago! She was home from college for Labor Day weekend, and as you can see by the smile on her face, she loved that she got presents!

Check out the Scrapbook Challenges blog to see the layouts from the other design team members.

Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope that you have a wonderful weekend!

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Try Stampin - Or Not - On Tuesday #246

Good Tuesday morning! Today is the last day of school for my boys before Thanksgiving break, and I am looking forward to a mini vacation - with no getting up early, and hopefully lots of crafty time!

The new sketch is up over on the Try Stampin On Tuesday blog today. Kaylin has created this fun sketch for us to work with:

The optional twist is to use Christmas colors/peace on earth.

I pulled out one of my all time favorite Christmas stamp sets to stamp that little tree on the tag. I have had this set for ages and I still don't use it often enough. I have several more Christmas cards that I need to make, so maybe I will keep it handy and use it again.

Check out the Try Stampin On Tuesday blog to see the gorgeous cards by the rest of the design team. You have 2 weeks to play along and you can enter either on the blog post, or the Facebook page.

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

Monday, November 23, 2015

Scrapbook Challenges Sketch #460

Hello again! I am back with my second post of the day. If you are looking for my Use Your Stuff reveal, please scroll down or go here.

Scrapbook Challenges has a great new sketch up over on the blog today. Here is a look at the sketch:

I really like these starbursts on a page and I really liked that this was a partial one - something that I had not tried yet.

I used Simple Stories I Am collection for this layout of my daughter and my niece. These two were really close growing up, and they were more like sisters than cousins. Even though they live several hours from each other and have their own little families, when they do get together, it's just like old times.

Head on over to the Scrapbook Challenges blog to see the other design team members take on this fun sketch.

I hope you have some time to play along with us!

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day!

Use Your Stuff Challenge #201 - Lot's of Layers

Happy Monday, everyone! I am excited to get this week started, because Thursday is Thanksgiving, and I am looking forward to spending the day with family!

To get us going this week, I have the new challenge from Use Your Stuff to share with you. It's my turn to host the challenge and this week my challenge to you is to use lots of layers on your project.

I chose to make a card for this challenge. I had these - oh so pretty - papers from Fancy Pants' Flutter collection, and I just wanted to layer them up on a card.

I also used the latest sketch from Viva la Verve Sketches that was posted on Friday. (Be sure to check them out. They always have great sketches to work with!) I loved all of the layers on this sketch, and thought it would be great for this challenge.

Viva la Verve November 2015 Week 3 Sketch designed by Charmaine Ikach |
Be sure to stop by the Use Your Stuff blog to see the projects from the other design team members. I hope you have time to play along! The challenge is open until Saturday, November 28.
Thanks for stopping by and I'll be back soon!

Friday, November 20, 2015

Sketch N Scrap Card Sketch #62

Happy Friday, everyone! I am looking forward to next week already. They boys will have a short week of school, which means lots of time to take it easy and relax.

I have the latest card sketch from Sketch N Scrap to share with you today. Lisa has created another great sketch for us and it's another one that I can see myself using again.

I decided to take a little break from the Christmas cards that I have been making and make just a general/everyday card. It's a little hard to see in the photo, but I love the bit of sparkle the glitter tape gives going across the middle of the card. Surely this will brighten someone's day this winter when the days are a bit dreary!

Be sure to check out the Sketch N Scrap blog to see the beautiful cards from the rest of the team. You have until November 30th to join in on any or all of our challenges this month.

Thanks for stopping by today, and I hope you have a fantastic Friday!

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Recycle It with Scrapbook Challenges

Hello again! I am back with my second post of the day. If you are looking for my Sketches In Thyme reveal, please scroll down or go here.

There is a new challenge up over on the Scrapbook Challenges blog today, and it is a fun one!

All you need to do is pick one of these sketches to make a greeting card with a "gratitude" theme. All of these sketches would make fun greeting cards, but I chose to use sketch #412 for my card.

I loved the grid background on the sketch and thought it would be a great way to use up some of my leftover scraps from all of the fall layouts that I have been making. This was a super quick and easy card, and I think I may just use it for a Christmas card as well!

Head on over to the Scrapbook Challenges blog and see which sketches the other design team members used for their cards. I hope that you are inspired to play along with us!

Thanks for stopping by! Have a great day!

Together - Sketches In Thyme #173

Hi, everyone! Happy Hump Day! I am so happy that we have made it to the half way point of the week and are headed towards the weekend!

Today is the day that I am featured over on the Sketches In Thyme blog. The week 3 sketch for November is courtesy of Bev.


Kim, our fearless leader over at Sketches In Thyme, sent us some pretty products to play with for this sketch. I apologize because I forgot to take a photo before I had already started on my layout. It included all of the patterned paper you see on my layout and all of the embellishments that I used - the gold glitter tape (this is so pretty!), the resin flowers, the sequins, and the stickers/kraft piece. I just had a few vellum embellishments that didn't make it on the layout. The only things I used that wasn't in the kit she sent is the brown cardstock, the colonial white cardstock, and the alpha stickers.

I stuck pretty close to this sketch, because hey, that's what I like to do! I just made my paper strips longer, moved the embellishment cluster over, and added embellishments to the top right corner.

The prize for November is the Sangria paper pack - which is the pretty papers I used - so be sure to play along with any or all of our sketch challenges this month for your chance to win it!
Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Monday, November 16, 2015

Use Your Stuff Challenge #200 And A Blog Hop

Hello everyone! I hope your week is starting off to be a good one! It looks like it is going to be a rainy couple of days, and then we're in for sunshine!

Today is a special day over on the Use Your Stuff blog. We are celebrating our 200th challenge with a blog hop, and of course our challenge.

For our challenge we are using the theme CELEBRATE!

You can celebrate a special person, a milestone, a holiday or event! However the theme relates to you!

Now, on to the blog hop. You should have arrived here by way of Karrie's beautiful blog. If you get lost along the way, just head back over to the Use Your Stuff blog, or I have the complete blog lineup at the end of this post.

Here is my card that I made for this challenge:

I used Pebbles Seen and Noted 6x6 paper pad for this card and a stamp from Close To My Heart -  Perfect Fit Birthdays. We have a several birthdays coming up in the next couple of months so I thought I would get a head start on them!

Also, to help us CELEBRATE we are very excited to have Kim Evans the owner of Emerald Creek Crafts sponsor our Blog Hop.

She is offering up this fun prize to one lucky winner -
In order to have a chance to win this prize, you have to leave a comment on each DT member's blog/gallery. The lucky winner will be picked from one of the blogs but we're not telling you which one!
The hop goes from Monday November 16th until Saturday November 21st and the lucky winner will be announced on the 22nd!  

The next stop on the hop is Martha's beautiful blog. Be sure to stop by and say "Hi".

Thanks so much for stopping by today and don't forget to comment on each blog and link up your projects over on the Use Your Stuff blog.

Here is the complete lineup for the blog hop:







Lori ========>You are here

Martha Lucia


Sunday, November 15, 2015

Lasting Memories #268 - So Very Thankful

Hello again! I am back with my second post of the day. If you are looking for my Feeling Sketchy reveal, please scroll down or go here.

I am back with the latest challenge from Lasting Memories.  Our theme for November is "Thankful" and this week's challenge is an inspiration photo challenge. Here is the inspiration photo:

You can take inspiration from the quote, the colors, the flower...whatever inspires you to make a layout!
I took inspiration from the theme and the quote, because everyday I am thankful that I get the opportunity to take care of my granddaughter while her Mommy works.
She is such a joy to be around and just look at that little sleeping sweetie! I so love doing challenges like this because it makes me stop and realize, that with all the craziness of life, I am so very blessed.
I used the September sketch from Boys Rule Scrapbook kits for this layout.
Check out the Lasting Memories blog to see how the other design team members were inspired by the inspiration photo. I hope you have some time to play along with our challenges this month. You have until the 28th to link up!
Thanks again for stopping by and have a great day!

Feeling Sketchy #133

Hello everyone! Happy Sunday to you all! It is unreal to think that in less than two weeks we will be celebrating Thanksgiving here in the U.S.! I guess it's because we have had some really mild weather lately, but it sure doesn't seem like it should be time for the holidays to be starting.

It's the middle of the month, and I have a brand new sketch from Feeling Sketchy to share with you today.

Here is my take on the sketch:

Since I've been making a lot of Christmas cards lately, the hanging tags reminded me of hanging ornaments. I used Echo Parks - Tis The Season - collection for this. It had the perfect ornaments - and sentiment - for my card.

Head on over to the Feeling Sketchy blog to see the beautiful creations from the rest of the design team and to read more about our sponsor for this sketch, Bugaboo Stamps.

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