Saturday, April 10, 2021

TN Time With Lisa & Lori April Challenge

 Hello, hello! Happy Saturday to you! I hope that you are having a good weekend.

Are you ready for the April edition of TN Time With Lisa & Lori? Let's get to it! This is a just-for-fun monthly challenge that starts on the 10th of each month and ends on the 9th of the following month at midnight CST. If you complete my random challenge for the month - link your TN, bullet journal, or planner spread below. If you complete just Lisa's sketch challenge, link up over on her blog - My Creative Endeavors.

Here is my April challenge:


For April I am challenging you to use the color pink on your layout - how much or how little is up to you - and to use a stamp. This could be something as simple as a date stamp.

Here is the sketch that Lisa has created for us to use:


Here is my layout:


To satisfy my part of the challenge - you can find pink - in a few different shades - in the patterned paper and for the stamp portion, I used a date stamp, a circle label stamp, and an ink splatter stamp. Everything on this layout came from my April Great Stash Bash kit except the enamel hearts. 

Abby sent this photo to me last April. We were just in the beginning stages of the pandemic and stay-at-home orders. Abby and Ada were doing about all that they could - playing outside in their backyard and sharing sweet photos with me! 

Here are a couple of close-ups:


I am really liking to use this ink splatter stamp from Close To My Heart (D1660 - Ink Blots). It just gives a little something extra to the background. 


I found this little chipboard journaling spot on one of the CTMH chipboard sheets that I had included in my kit and it was perfect to hold my little bit of journaling. I'm sure this photo will show up again in my 'pandemic' album and I plan to go into more detail in it, so I wasn't too worried about getting a lot of journaling on this spread. I've said it before - my TN's are mostly just for me and the photos that I really love. The deeper stories will be documented in other places. 

Be sure to stop by Lisa's blog to see her beautiful spread. I hope you have some time to play along with us!

Even though this is a just-for-fun challenge we do have a few rules:

1.Create a TRAVELER'S NOTEBOOK, PLANNER, OR BULLET JOURNAL spread based on the CHALLENGE THEME and/or our sketch. 
2.Create a new, not previously posted project.
3.You are welcome to combine with other challenges.
4.If you have a blog please include the challenge graphic & a link to our challenge in your post.
5.You can link to social media if you don't have a blog. If you show your project on Instagram, please make sure to use #TNtimewithLisaandLori 
6.You can submit multiple projects but they must be posted to InLinkz or social media separately.
7. Most importantly have FUN!

I would love to see your take on our challenge and to leave you some love so be sure to link up below if you play along!

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

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Click here to enter

Thursday, April 1, 2021

Lisa & Lori's Great Stash Bash - April Edition!

Hello again! I am back with my second post of the day. If you are looking for my Counterfeit Kit Challenge reveal, please scroll down. 

It is already time for the April edition of Lisa & Lori's Great Stash Bash! Where did March even go?! 

If you don't know what the Great Stash Bash is - it is a challenge that my good friend Lisa and I do every month. We pull items from our stash based on a "recipe" (which you will see below) in an effort to get our scrappy stash used up!


I did not do well at all with my kit last month...I don't know that I even touched it. To be honest, March was a bit of a blur and there are going to be changes around here, but I will get into all of that in another post. I am keeping my March kit out - because I love it - and I hope to use it throughout the next couple of months. 

Here is the April graphic:


Our "recipe" is to pull 10 patterned papers, 5-7 scraps, 3-4 embellishments, and for April our stash bash focus item is brads/eyelets.

Here is my kit:


I've gotten a few new collections from Close To My Heart the last couple of months and I thought it was time to work through some of my older collections and try to get them cleared out. The great thing about CTMH is that their collections work so well with each other! I pulled papers from two of my all-time favorite collections (from 2018) I Heart Us and Heart Happy.

Here are the papers:


I am ready for some bright, fun, spring/summer papers to work with and I think the papers in these two collections will work well with each other! I am hoping to work on Ada's 2019 Summer Bucket List traveler's notebook this month so I kept that in mind when I made my kit. 

Here are my embellishments:


Like my Counterfeit Kit that I posted earlier, I went a little overboard on embellishments! And, to be honest, this is not all that I pulled for embellishments this month - you'll see the rest below! I included a cut apart sheet from the 'I Heart Us' collection, stickers and chipboard from a different CTMH collection, puffy/enamel shapes, summer-themed stickers, and a few cut aparts from Pretty Little Studio that I recently got in a grab bag.

And if that is not enough to last the month, while I was looking for the stickers for the above collections, I found a few more things that I thought might match, so I threw them in my kit in hopes to get them used, too. Not everything will match, but I think it's safe to say that I have plenty to choose from here:


I reorganized my scrap room the first of the year and I came across a bunch of  embellishments - I think from old kits from The ScrapRoom - that I had put in with my CTMH stickers for some reason. I went through those and picked out what matched and added those, along with a few more CTMH stickers and chipboard sheets. 

I blame a phone call from my sister in the middle of me taking photos as to why I forgot to include this Amy Tangerine sticker book in the above photo! I didn't have the time or energy to pull all of those embellishments back out just to include this, so it gets a photo of it's own!


This collection came out in 2015 and I picked the sticker book up at Tuesday Morning, probably the following year. I had been waiting for the perfect time to pull this out and use it - wanting to be sure to use it in my PL album...and yet, there it still sits, not even one sticker used. I am hoping to rectify that this month!

Here are my scraps:


I pulled all of the scraps that I have for these collections - and a few from other CTMH collections - to use up this month. That should be pretty easy to do!

Our focus item for April is brads/eyelets. I think I've gotten rid of most of my eyelets and I haven't bought a bunch of brads in a long time - occasionally I will pick them up with a collection, but not often. I did find this container of mini brads that I have had I think since I started scrapping! Again, not all of these will match, but I would love to get the ones that do used up this month!


I was so excited while I was pulling this kit together to get started on some layouts. I just hope I have more time this month to get it all done!

Be sure to stop by Lisa's blog to see the beautiful kit that she has pulled together for this month. This is a just-for-fun challenge, but if you play along and put together your own stash bash kit add it to the linky below and we will be sure to check it out and cheer you on! Here are the rules:

1. Follow the challenge prompt to create a kit to work with throughout the month. You may use other items, but please concentrate on using your kit. 
2. Create new, not previously posted projects using your stash kit.
3. If you have a blog - please include the challenge graphic and a link to our challenge in your posts. 
4. You may link to social media if you don't have a blog. If you share on Instagram, please make sure to use - #lisaandlorisgreatstashbash2021

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

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

Counterfeit Kit Challenge April Kit Reveal and Blog Hop

Hello, everyone! Happy Thursday and Happy April 1st! The first day of the month is always a busy one here on my blog so let's get started!

It's time for a new kit reveal at Counterfeit Kit Challenges today. Master Forger Leslie is our hostess for the month and she has picked a perfect springtime kit for us to counterfeit. Before we get to the kit - we have the talented Cathy Galloway joining us as our guest designer this month. Be sure to stop by her blog and check out her beautiful work!

Now, on to the kit. Master Forger Leslie has chosen the Garden Party kit from Scrapbook & Cards Today papercraft magazine. Here's how they describe the kit -  Celebrate the arrival of a fresh new season with our spring kit, Garden Party! This colourful collection captures the colours and patterns of spring with papers from Dear Lizzy, Jen Hadfield, Paige Evans and Simple Stories. We’ve added perfectly coordinating accents like silk flowers, twine, tassels, mixed ephemera and bright buttons to add special touches to all your projects. And the exclusive 4×6 stamp set, printable tags and kit cut files will bring unique inspiration to your crafting. Let’s tiptoe through the tulips and dance in the daffodils at the Garden Party!

Here's a look at the kit:


You can see a full breakdown of the kit over on the Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog

Here is the kit that I have put together this month:


As you can see, I went a little overboard on the embellishments this month! I should have lots of bits and bobs to choose from! Let's take a closer look at my kit:

Here are the papers:


In order to keep my kit to a reasonable size, I decided to pick out only the papers I really liked and find something in my stash to use. Starting with the back row - I kind of went my own way with the Bloom Street papers - I picked a stripe, a floral, and another stripe with hearts from Echo Park's 'I Am Mom' collection. I thought the striped paper with the hearts scattered around resembled the text paper close enough. I have more of a blue tone on tone leaf pattern than a blue with green leaf, but it works for me!

The middle row - I chose to go with a navy stripe from CTMH, a pink small floral from Photo Play, black and white polka dots with multi-color hearts from Simple Stories, and a yellow pattern from the same 'I Am Mom' collection.

The front row - I had a couple of the Simple Stories papers in my stash, so I included those and then picked a turquoise dot from Elle's Studio, pink polka dot from The Paper Studio, and pink with larger dots from the 'I Am Mom' collection to go with them. 

I think it's pretty easy to see where I got inspiration from - colors - even if mine aren't quite as pastel as the original kit - stripes, florals, and dots!

I find it funny that I went overboard with my embellishments when the original kit is pretty minimal with them! Once I started pulling things, I just couldn't seem to stop! Here are my embellishments:


I pulled the sticker sheets from the I Am Mom collection and Simple Stories Hip Hop Hooray collection. I then pulled the die cut pack and brads pack from Hip Hop Hooray. I recently purchased a couple of grab bags from Pretty Little Studio so I included a few things that worked with my papers from those. I also have a few die cuts, an Amy Tangerine sticker sheet, and some Vicki Boutin enamel dots. That should be more than enough to get me by this month!

Next are the alphas and stamps that I included:


I included a couple of pink alphas, a small turquoise alpha, and a couple of Amy Tangerine alpha sticker books. I added in a few new stamp sets from CTMH. They will be perfect if I need something more in the way of Easter or spring flowers.

 I am excited to get some spring/Easter/summer photos scrapped this month!

Be sure to check out the fabulous kits from the rest of the design team. I always get even more inspiration when I check out their blogs! Here is the blog hop list:

Counterfeit Kit Challenge - http://counterfeitkitchallenge.blogspot.com
Guest Designer:  Cathy Galloway - https://iluvstamping.blogspot.com 

If you pull together a kit together be sure to share it with us! You can post them in our Facebook Community, or share them on Instagram (we are @counterfeitkitchallenge or tag us using #counterfeitkitchallenge and #ckcapril2021).

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

Sunday, March 21, 2021

Life is Sweet - Scrap Our Stash March Sketch Challenge

 Hello again! I am back with my second post of the day. To see my reveal for The Studio Challenges, please scroll down.

I am back to share my layout for the March sketch challenge at Scrap Our Stash. This month's sketch features 4 photos - although you could use less if you wanted. Along with the sketch, there is the added challenge to use washi tape on your layout. Here's a look at this month's sketch:

This is what I came up with:


These photos are of Ada when she was not quite a year old. Abby had snapped these photos while Ada was playing with one of her toys, and they are just too cute. I think she likes to show off those bottom two teeth with that smile!

I used Doodlebug Design's 'Made with Love' collection for this layout. I received this collection in my kits from The ScrapRoom and the colors could not have matched Ada's outfit any better!

Here are a few close-ups:


I must admit that I totally forgot all about using washi tape on my layout until it was already made. And I even had it sitting out on my desk, ready to be used. Then I had to try to figure out how to work it in without it looking like a random piece of washi tape stuck on there! I added it to a couple of the tags and under the phrase sticker (the green washi), and underneath the tag that I journaled on (pink striped washi).



I die cut a few hearts and stamped and die cut a few flowers for my embellishments. The clear gems came in my kit so I added them to the centers of my flowers. I added a few puffy hearts to the clusters to finish it all off.

Be sure to stop by Scrap Our Stash to see the layouts from the rest of the design team. I would love to see your take on the challenge, too!

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

New Babies - The Studio Challenges - New Life

Hello, hello! Happy Sunday to you all! I hope you are having a good weekend. We started our weekend off with a fun family pizza night on Friday with all of the kids, and we have been enjoying the warmer - sunny - weather yesterday and today.

It's time for a new challenge at The Studio Challenges today. Since yesterday was the first day of spring - we want to see new life on your layouts. Maybe it's the spring flowers coming up, a new baby or new puppy, etc. - it is up to you!

Growing up on a farm - when spring rolled around it meant lots of new babies being born. I always loved it when one of the cows would have a calf and we always had several bottle calves to take care of. They were always so cute running and bucking around the fields. I don't live on a farm now but our neighbor raises beef cattle so I get to see new little cuties like this every spring: 


For this layout, I used a paper pad from Die Cuts With a View - Spring Bloom. I thought these papers were perfect for a springtime page featuring a cute little calf. I didn't have any embellishments from this collection so I fussy cut several of the flower clusters from the patterned paper for my layout. I never dreamed I would make such a flowery layout about cows - but I like it!

Here are a couple of close-ups:



I added a few puffy dots around my layout to finish out the layout. 

Be sure to head on over to The Studio Challenges to see the lovely layouts from the rest of the design team. I hope you have a chance to play along with us!

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

Saturday, March 20, 2021

Sketch N Scrap Card Sketch #190 - Happy Spring

Hello, everyone! Happy first day of spring! It's shaping up to be a beautiful day around here today and that makes me so happy! I am ready for the warmer days and spending more time outside. 

It's time for our last card sketch of the month at Sketch N Scrap today. I am lovin' this sketch that Lisa has created for us. I know I will be using it again very soon. Here's a look at the sketch:


Since it is the first day of spring, I decided to make a spring card to brighten someone's day:


Can you believe I made a spring card from Doodlebug Design's 'Made With Love' collection? The "b" side patterns were perfect for my springy card. I've had that fabric flower in my stash for ages. I believe that four came in a package and I think I have one more left and then they will be all used up. Maybe I should challenge myself to use it before the end of the month!

I didn't have any stamps or stickers that specifically said "Happy Spring" so I printed it off from my computer and cut it to size. I finished it off with a few puffy dots and now it is ready to go in the mail.

Be sure to stop by Sketch N Scrap to see the rest of the design team's take on the sketch. I hope you have some time to play along with us, too!

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

Monday, March 15, 2021

Sketch N Scrap #221 - Bubble Blaster Fun

Hello, everyone! Happy Monday to you! I hope that you had a good weekend. We had a lot of rain around here but that made it good to stay inside and scrap. 

It's the middle of the month and time for the mid-month sketch at Sketch N Scrap. This sketch is from Sketch Artist Lisa and I think I will be using it again!


Here is my layout:


I've used Echo Park's Little Dreamer - Boy collection for this layout of Matthew and Shane playing with a bubble blaster. I can't believe that these photos were taken almost 20 years ago! The boys were being unusually quiet in the other room so I went to check and this is what I found - Matthew entertaining Shane with the bubble blaster. He was - and still is - a great big brother to Shane.

Here are a few close-ups:






I am so happy to get a couple of older photos scrapped! I have so many and I hope to make a good dent in them this year. 

Be sure to check out the Sketch N Scrap blog to see the sketch and the beautiful layouts from the rest of the design team. I hope you have some time to play along with us!

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

Friday, March 12, 2021

Counterfeit Kit Challenge - Challenge #1 - Paper Addict

Hello, everyone, and Happy Friday!  We have made it to the weekend - do you have any plans? It's supposed to be super rainy all weekend and I'm hoping to get some scrapping and some stitching done!

It's time for the first challenge of the month at Counterfeit Kit Challenge. Our inspiration kit - The Paper Addict Kit from Mommyish - is all about our passion for paper, so our first challenge is to create a layout (or other memory-keeping project)  about a favorite hobby. Scrapbooking about scrapbooking is not compulsory, but it is fun!

I created a layout about one of my favorite hobbies - shopping for scrappy/crafty supplies!


My sister called me up and asked if I wanted to go to Springfield for a little crafty retail therapy - how could I say no to that?! We stopped by Hobby Lobby, Michaels, Tuesday Morning, and an antique mall to check out the "garage sale" that they were having that day - we both ended up with an armload of Disney VHS tapes for Shane! - and we finished off the day with a burger from Steak and Shake. I love that she shares my love of cross stitch and that we have such a good time when we are together. Retail therapy is great but spending time with my sister is priceless!

I included photos of our haul in her truck and most of the crafty goodies that I picked up that day. I think my favorite purchase of the day was the vintage-looking scale that I got for my kitchen. I am so glad that I finally broke down and got it!

I used four of the patterned papers that I had included in my kit and a variety of stickers and die-cuts, as well. It may look like I just used a hodge-podge of stickers on this layout, but I tried to use the crafty stickers that related to my hobbies - scrapbooking and cross-stitching. 

Here are a few close-ups:


For  my title, I used my favorite stamp and die set from The Stamp Market and a set of Thickers.


Here is a look at the journaling card. I love that it has little x's across the middle of it - perfect for a story about a couple of cross-stitchers!


Be sure to stop by the Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog to see how the other Master Forgers took on this challenge. If you use your kit to create a project about one of your hobbies - be sure to share it with us!

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

Wednesday, March 10, 2021

TN Time With Lisa & Lori - March 2021 Challenge

 Hello, everyone! Happy Wednesday! It's the middle of the week and the weekend is in sight and I am looking forward to it! 

It is time for the March edition of TN Time With Lisa & Lori today. This is a just-for-fun monthly challenge that starts on the 10th of each month and ends on the 9th of the following month at midnight CST. If you complete my random challenge for the month - link your TN, bullet journal, or planner spread below. If you complete just Lisa's sketch challenge, link up over on her blog - My Creative Endeavors.

Here is my challenge for March:


Just use the color green somewhere on your spread - how little or how much is up to you - and include a tag on your spread. 

Here is the fun sketch that Lisa has created for March:

This is the TN spread that I created - using both my challenge and Lisa's sketch:

 
I am finally starting my 52 Favorites TN for 2021! My 2019 and 2020 are still nowhere near done, but that's okay. I will get caught up one of these days. I am going with a little bigger TN for my 52 Favorites for this year and using the insert that is 5 inches by 8.25 inches on as opposed to the 4.25 by 8.25 inches. It's only about three-quarters of an inch bigger on each side, but that makes quite a bit of difference! 

This photo is of Miss Ada just last Wednesday when I picked her up from school for her early out day. She spent the afternoon drawing me the cutest farm animals and vegetables for me to put up in the kitchen. I just need to figure out how I am going to do that! 

I used Echo Park's Little Dreamer - Girl collection for this spread. I am really lovin' both the girl and boy versions of this collection. It is taking everything in me to not order a second set of papers from each of them! 

For my part of the challenge - to use the color green and to add a tag - I matted the photo in green paper and then added in a few green stickers. I also added a tag from one of the die-cut packs to satisfy the tag portion of my challenge.

Here are a few close-ups:


I just think that billy goat that Ada drew for me is just the cutest!


I once again used my favorite little mini alpha cuts stamp and die from The Stamp Market. This size is perfect for my TN spreads and for my Project Life albums, and I just realized when I grabbed the links for the set that I have that it looks like they have a set that is a little bit bigger than mine. They look to be about the size of the old October Afternoon tile alphas...I may have to look into getting those, too!


After I took the photos I went back and added my date stamp right below the journaling.

Be sure to stop by Lisa's blog to see her beautiful spread. I hope you have some time to play along with us!

Even though this is a just-for-fun challenge we do have a few rules:

1.Create a TRAVELER'S NOTEBOOK, PLANNER, OR BULLET JOURNAL spread based on the CHALLENGE THEME and/or our sketch. 
2.Create a new, not previously posted project.
3.You are welcome to combine with other challenges.
4.If you have a blog please include the challenge graphic & a link to our challenge in your post.
5.You can link to social media if you don't have a blog. If you show your project on Instagram, please make sure to use #TNtimewithLisaandLori 
6.You can submit multiple projects but they must be posted to InLinkz or social media separately.
7. Most importantly have FUN!

I would love to see your take on our challenge and to leave you some love so be sure to link up below if you play along!

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

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

Click here to enter

Monday, March 8, 2021

You're A Cool Kid - Scrap Our Stash March Remix Challenge

 

Hello, hello! Happy Monday! I hope that you had a good weekend! The sun is shining today and we are headed toward a 70 degree day...you just can't get much better than that for early March!

Today I am sharing my take on this month's Remix Challenge at Scrap Our Stash. For March we are scraplifting a layout from former DT member Michelle Mattie. Along with the scraplift we are to use a tag on our layout. Here's a look at Michelle's layout:


And my take on the challenge:


I "lifted" Michelle's layout almost exactly - only flipping it so it worked better with my photo. I love Michelle's work so this one was an easy one for me!

This photo is of Shane when he was 9 or 10. I need to double-check the date to be sure. He was just hanging out watching his videos and I can't believe that this photo is 10 or 11 years old! It just seems like yesterday!

I used the new Echo Park - Little Dreamer Boy - collection for this layout. After seeing how many photos I have of my boys that still need to be scrapped, I know I will be getting a lot of use out of this collection! I love it!

I used a stamp from Close To My Heart (D1660 - Ink Blot) for my "messy background" on this layout. I am really liking this stamp set right now. It makes for a great mixed media look without the mess and wait time for it to dry. 


I used one of the stickers from the sticker sheet - or maybe it was from the sticker book - and added foam tape to the back to pop it up off of the arrows that I cut out. It also serves as my title. 

Be sure to stop by the Scrap Our Stash blog to see the wonderful layouts from the rest of the design team! I would love to see your take on the challenge, too!

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