Monday, November 20, 2017

UYS #289 - Thankful

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

We have a new challenge today over at Use Your Stuff. This week Heather is challenging us to create a project about what we are thankful for.


I always love these types of challenges because I have so much to be thankful for. One thing that I am so thankful for is my good friends and what better time to tell them how much I appreciate them than this time of year. This card will be going in the mail to - hopefully - brighten someone's day.

Head on over to Use Your Stuff to see the beautiful projects from the rest of the design team. We hope you have some time to play along with us this week! We would love to see what you are thankful for!

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


Stick It Down November Card DT Reveal

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

Today is the full card design team reveal at Stick It Down. Here's a reminder of what the sketch looks like:



For my card, I decided to dust off my bow die and use it on this card. I don't know why I don't use it more often - I always love the end result!

I used my argyle embossing folder and since the bow was on the bigger side I decided to leave off the sentiment and just stamp something on the inside.


Head on over to Stick It Down to see the wonderful cards from the rest of the design team. You have until the end of the month to play along with us!

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



Sunday, November 19, 2017

My December Daily Cover 2017

Hello, everyone! Good Sunday morning to you! I hope you are having a good weekend so far. I'm pretty excited about this week - it's a short work/school week for my guys and it's just a few more days until it's turkey day! I am so looking forward to lots of family time and good food!


I am up on the Let's December Daily blog today with the cover of my December Daily. For all of the details - good and bad - check out my post over there, but I did want to share it here on my blog, along with a couple of things that I learned in the process.

I knew that my cover would be the one thing in this process that would give me fits, I'm just not that artsy, but in the end, I'm happy with the results and that's what matters! 

A couple of things that I learned along the way - #1 - I should always go with my first instinct and #2 - I should never do anything related to any form of mixed media!

Here is my cover:


Now that my cover is complete the only thing that I would change is the embellishment that I added by the year...looking at it now I feel like I should have stamped another tree and stuck down there instead. Since I used the strongest glue ever it will stay as is - for now. 

Here's a peek at my table while I was working on my cover. Does anyone else make this big of a mess when they are creating?! Granted - I had been working on cutting down papers to fit in the pockets and stamping a few things to go in my album - but goodness this is a mess!


And one more thought before I end this post. I am even more excited and even more committed to getting this album done this year. As I said before - this will be my first completed December Daily. I tried one several years ago and got to day 8 or 9 and then quit. Life just got too busy. I had intended to go back after the holiday and finish it, but it just never happened. 

I found that album a couple of days ago.  It was a 6x6 album, the cover was not decorated, there is no title page, there aren't even a lot of embellishments, just photos, and journaling for those first 8 or 9 days. It was so much fun looking at those photos and reading what I had written - a day or two wasn't much more than a weather update - but it was so fun to get a reminder of what our life was like back in  December 2008 (I think). When I showed Scott he even said - you need to do more of this! Just one more reason to get this project done this year!

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

Saturday, November 18, 2017

HIMCR #327 - 3X Designer Paper

Hello and Happy Saturday! It's the weekend before Thanksgiving here in the states and I'm sure it will be a busy one! I am really looking forward to spending lots of time with family over the next week.

We have a new challenge today at Hiding In My Craft Room! This week we are challenging you to use 3 different patterned papers on your projects. Your papers can be purchased papers or you can use homemade papers. 

Our sponsor this week is Pickled Potpourri and the giveaway is a $7 gift certificate.


We were generously given a few different digi stamps to work with and I chose the Christmas Perky Penguins set.


Isn't that little penguin just the cutest?! I colored the image with my colored pencils and I used 3 different papers from the Holly Jolly 6x6 paper pad from Pebbles. Since there was quite a bit of open space in the upper right-hand corner of my image panel, I printed the sentiment off of my computer and then used my circle die to cut it out. I think it is the perfect place for the sentiment.

Head on over to HIMCR to see the fun cards from the rest of the design team.  We hope you have some time to play along with us this week! We would love to see your take on our 3X the Designer Paper challenge!

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

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!

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Let's December Daily!


Hello, everyone! I am super excited to be joining the Let's December Daily design team! I have been wanting to complete a December Daily for a few years now, and I have even gotten as far as creating a title page, but then I let the busyness of the season, and life in general, take over and it gets pushed aside to be completed later. Not this year! I am going to make the time to get our December documented - and having a deadline doesn't hurt!

We will all be creating three different types of December Dailies and we hope to inspire you to create along with us! I look forward to sharing my process with you over the next couple of months and I can't wait to see what you create. 

LTSCB #103 - Anything Goes

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

The first of the month means a new challenge is up at Love To Scrap Challenge Blog. This month our challenge is "Anything Goes"!


For November I had the pleasure of working with a digital image from Limited Runs Stamps. Since Christmas is quickly approaching, I chose to work with the Mini Santa digital stamp set.


I am totally in love with this little guy! He is just so stinkin' cute and I know he will be popping up on more cards and probably even in my December Daily album this year!

I used my Prima watercolor pencils to color this image, and it's hard to see in the photo, but I added some Wink Of Stella to his gloves, coat, and hat to add a little sparkle to this lil' cutie. 

The papers are from an old Paper Studio 6x6 paper pad and the sentiment is an old Studio G $1 bin stamp.

Be sure to stop by the LTSCB to see the beautiful projects from the rest of the design team. Why don't you play along with us in November?

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog! I will be back soon with some exciting news to share with you!

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Pause Dream Enjoy Challenges #197 - Thanksgiving

Hello, everyone! Happy Wednesday and Happy November 1st! November. How did that happen? I swear it was just summer vacation!

November is the start of the holiday season around here, starting with Thanksgiving later this month. Our challenge at Pause Dream Enjoy Challenges this week is a great way to get us ready for the Thanksgiving holiday.


I wasn't sure what I wanted to do for this challenge and then I came across this little turkey stamp in my stash and thought he would be a good fit for it. Both the turkey and the sentiment are from old Studio G $1 bin stamps. I have probably had them for 6 or 7 years and never inked them up. The turkey reminded of the old construction paper turkeys we used to make in elementary school so I had to color the feathers different colors as a throwback to that!

Head on over to Pause Dream Enjoy Challenges to see the fun projects from the rest of the design team. I would love it if you played along with us this week!

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

Hiding In My Craft Room DT Call



Hello, hello! I'm popping in here really quickly to let you know that Hiding In My Craft Room is having a design team call!

Laurie is expanding the team and we would love it if you applied! It is a great team to be a part of and I know you would love it, too! You can find out all the details over on the blog here. The deadline to enter is November 15th, so get your application in!

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #236

Hello, and Happy Halloween! Today has been so hectic for me that I almost forgot that it was Halloween! I can't believe that tomorrow will be November 1st...it always seems like time really flies from now until after all of the holidays.

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge has a new sketch posted over on the blog and it's a fun one!




I decided to go with a Christmas card. I don't know if I can create anything else! It seems like Christmas cards are all that I have been making lately. I should have plenty to send out this year!

The red and white paper is from a 6x6 paper pad from The Paper Studio. The cover is long gone and I can't remember the name of it, but it is one of my favorites! I stamped the trees using a stamp from Close To My Heart (D1498). It doesn't have a name on it, but I think it was from one of the Cricut bundles. The sentiment if from an old Studio G $1 bin stamp sets. I thought the "y" fit perfectly in one of the scallops.

The full design team reveal and last week's Top 3 will be up tomorrow over at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge so be sure to check it out! I would love to see your take on this sketch!

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

Saturday, October 28, 2017

HIMCR #324 - Any Holiday

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

Hiding In My Craft Room has a new challenge today and it is another of my favorites - Any Holiday. I figured since Halloween is just around the corner that I would make one more card for it.


Our sponsor this week is Melonheadz and I got to work with the Ghosties clip art. There are so many cute little ghosts in this set.


I printed the little ghost image on a piece of vellum to give it the see-through effect. I wish that I would have die cut the two stars in vellum instead of the white but once these were glued down there was no getting them back up!

I based my card off of this sketch from Try Stampin' - Or Not - On Tuesday - you still have another week to enter their challenge!


Be sure to stop by Hiding In My Craft Room to see which holiday the rest of the design team picked. We hope you have some time to play along with us this week!

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

Sketch N Scrap World Card Making Day Sketch #4

Hello, hello! Happy Saturday to you! I can't believe that this is the last weekend of October and Halloween is just a few days away. Where did October go?! It always seems like once Halloween hits that time is just a blur until after the holidays.

Sketch N Scrap has one more card sketch for you today in honor of World Card Making Day. We have celebrated this fun day all month long and I am going to miss the weekly sketches! Lisa has created another great sketch for us to work with today:


I can already tell that I will be using this sketch for a Christmas card or two, but for today I have another Halloween card for you:


For this card, I have used an older Bo Bunny collection - Boo Crew - I think...

My scalloped circle dies are still missing - I really thought they would have turned up by now, but no such luck yet. I hope that doesn't mean that they somehow made it to the trash can...surely I would have noticed if the whole package had gone in the trash!

Anyway, instead of a scalloped circle, I just used a pinked circle die and it works just as well. The little witch is die cut from one of the patterned papers.

Head on over to Sketch N Scrap to see the beautiful cards from the rest of the design team. We would love it if you played along with us. You have until October 31st at 9:55 P.M. CST to join in the fun.

Thanks so much for stopping by today! I will be back a little later today to share one more Halloween card with you!

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Sunny Day Crafting #58 - Q is for Quick and Easy

Hello and Happy Wednesday everyone!

Sunny Day Crafting has a new challenge posted today. We are on letter "Q" this week and that stands for "quick and easy". Show us your quick and easy projects!

Quick and Easy is my favorite kind of project! Nothing gets the old creative juices flowing like being able to create a quick and easy project - and I find cards are generally pretty quick and easy.


For my card I have used Echo Park's - A Perfect Autumn - 6x6 paper pad and the sentiment is from one of the ephemera packs. This card seriously came together in a matter of minutes. I'm down to mostly scraps, so that limited what I could work with - which helps in my case. If I have too many options I tend to take a lot longer settling on what I want to do!

Since this card will be going in the mail I wanted to keep it relatively flat. The sentiment piece is popped up on some foam, but that is as thick as it gets. The three little circles at the bottom are punched from one of the scraps.

Be sure to stop by Sunny Day Crafting to see the quick and easy projects from the rest of the design team. We hope you have time to play along with us this week!

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

Caught Red-Handed - Soul Scrappers - Random Word Challenge

Hello, everyone! Happy Tuesday to you!

I am here today to share a layout that I made for the Random Word Challenge #16 over at Soul Scrappers. The letter for this month is "R" and our list of words that can be used is:
1. relax - relaxing
2. rascal
3. rowdy
4. red-handed
5. ravishing
6. ray of sunshine


I had found this old photo of Matthew when he was two and a half and in his naughty corner. It was called his naughty corner because when he got quiet and couldn't be found - he was usually behind the rocking chair doing naughty things - like using my sewing scissors to cut up the newspaper or his Curious George shirt because he "didn't like it". On this day he was caught red-handed using my scissors to cut up a newspaper. It's a wonder he didn't cut a finger off!

I almost always start my layouts with a sketch and I found this one that I had pinned from Stick It Down from a few months ago:


I liked the messiness behind the photo that was on the sketch and thought I would try and recreate it. I watered down some white acrylic paint, dabbed some wadded up plastic wrap in it and then applied it to my background. I then used some of the watered down paint for some splatters.


Here is a close up of it with the photo on top of the area:


Head on over to Soul Scrappers and check out the challenges! We would love to have you join us!

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

Monday, October 23, 2017

Stick It Down October Card Reveal

Hello, hello! Good Monday morning to you! I hope that you are ready for a new week. This will be a short week since it's parent/teacher conference time. That day off on Friday will be nice!

Today is the full card design team reveal at Stick It Down. Here is a reminder of the card sketch that was posted on the first:



It's always a struggle to photograph gold glitter - or gold embossing - or gold anything really! For my card, I had this "Believe" wood veneer word in my stash and I decided to add gold glitter embossing powder to the bottom half. I taped off the top half with washi tape and went to work and it actually worked out really well. Since you can't see it all that well in the above photo, here is a better look at it:


I wanted just a little more color, so I added the red scalloped border for it to sit on.

I love the way this turned out and I may just have to keep this card and add it to my December Daily instead of giving it away!

Head on over to Stick It Down to see the beautiful cards from the rest of the design team.

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