Sunday, July 14, 2019

LM #455 - Your Country's Flag

Hello again! I am back with my second post of the day. If you are looking for my reveal for The Studio Challenges, please scroll on down.

It's time for a new challenge at Lasting Memories today and I finally had a chance to play along! This month our theme is "Patriotism" and this week's challenge is to use your county's flag somewhere on your layout. This can be in the papers, embellishments, or even in the photos.

I have created a TN spread using photos from last year on the 4th of July:

I have used an old collection from Bella Blvd - All American. I have mostly bits and pieces left of this collection which were perfect for this TN spread. To satisfy the challenge to use our country's flag, I fussy cut a couple of flags out of one of the patterned papers. 

The journaling says: Photos on the 4th are a must around here but after so many Ada was over it! She was a good sport and posed for a couple more but she was not going to smile for it. I think it is safe to say that she was done!

I tend to go overboard when we all get together and everyone is willing to take some photos, so I was lucky to get a couple more of her, even though she wasn't too happy about it!

Here is the left page:

And the right:

And a close-up of one of the clusters:

Head on over to Lasting Memories to see the beautiful layouts from the rest of the design team. I hope to see you playing along with us, too!

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

Capturing Ada - The Studio Challenges Stars and Stripes

Happy Sunday, everyone! I hope that you are having a good weekend. Ours has been busy with a sleepover with Miss Ada. We swam and swam, and swam some more. We even watched Finding Dory while we were in the pool. It was a lot of fun and we are all ready for the next sleepover!

It's time for a new challenge at The Studio Challenges today. This week our challenge is - Stars and Stripes - we want to see some stars and stripes on your layout.

When I think of stars and stripes I always think of Independence Day or our flag. Since I've already made a few Independence Day layouts (all documenting previous years), I decided to go a completely different route and scrap something else! This is what I came up with:

Abby had just sent me this photo - along with a few others - of Ada at the park. There are so many good ones that it was hard to pick which one to scrap first! I chose this one because it just captures Ada right now, at age 5!

I've got quite a bit I want to journal about this layout and, as luck would have it, I ran out of black printer ink. I will add my journaling right underneath the title when I get my ink.

I used Close To My Heart's - I Heart Us - collection, in fact, all of these papers were scraps that I had left over from previous layouts. This is one of my all-time favorite collections from CTMH. I loved it so much that I ordered another pack of it before it retired!

I used two different striped papers - a rainbow stripe and a diagonal stripe, and I added a few puffy stars around my layout.

For the title, I used Elle's Studio's - Title Builder - Vol. 1 -stamp set to stamp "Capturing" directly on my layout. I then die cut Ada's name using dies from Close To My Heart. Since I die cut the letters in the lighter pink paper they got a little lost on the background. I outlined them with a black marker to help them stand out. 

Be sure to stop by The Studio Challenges to see the stars and stripes 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 my blog today! I hope you have a wonderful day!

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

TN Time With Lisa & Lori - July Challenge

Hello, everyone! Happy Hump Day! I can't believe we are already at the midway point of the week! It is definitely feeling like summer this week! I think today is supposed to be the hottest day yet. Looks like Shane and I will be hitting the pool for sure today!

It's time for the July edition of TN Time With Lisa & Lori!

HERE IS HOW OUR CHALLENGE WORKS: This is a monthly challenge that launches on the 10th of each month  You will have until the 9th at midnight CDT to link up your entries. If you complete my challenge link your spread below. If you complete Lisa's sketch challenge link your spread on her blog - My Creative Endeavors. If you combine my challenge with Lisa's challenge link up your spread here on my blog AND on Lisa's blog. You will then have a chance to win my prize as well as Lisa's prize!  That's a chance to win TWO times with ONE layout!!

You can always find the rules to our challenge under the TN Challenge Rules tab at the top of the page.

Now, let's get started - here is my challenge for July:
(July 10th - August 9th)

Since we just celebrated Independence day - let's see at least one star and some stripes on your TN, bullet journal, or planner spread.

And here is Lisa's Sketch:

 And my layout using the sketch, stars, and stripes:

These photos are of Ada from last year on the 4th of July. We were all outside and had the music turned up. Ada decided to show off her dance move on the pool deck - where everyone could see her, of course!

I wanted to add a little bit of journaling and I had an extra photo that I also wanted to add, so I created a flip by using some washi tape:

The journaling says - A Fourth of July party isn't complete until you listen to Miley Cyrus' "Party in the USA"! Ada had to show us her dance moves and boy can she dance!

These little flips are so easy to make and a great way to add extra photos or journaling. I think I will go back and add a tab to the side of the photo with maybe "lift here" added to it.

Here are a couple more close-ups:

Now for June's winner! I never did get around to posting a photo of the prize, but here are the Freckled Fawn goods I had promised:

And the winner is...

#2 - Sharon!!

Congrats, Sharon! You are the winner of the Freckled Fawn goodies! Send me an email at with your address and I will get these out to you!

Now for July's prize - a selection of black and white goodies - Kelly Purkey alpha stickers, Feed Your Craft - die cuts, and black and white enamel dots from The Paper Studio:

Be sure to link up your spreads using my challenge below for a chance to win!  Head over to Lisa's blog and check out her challenge, as well!

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

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Monday, July 8, 2019

All American Family - Scrap Our Stash Saturday Cartoon Sketch Challenge

Hello, everyone! Good Monday morning to you! After being on vacation last week it was a little hard to get back into the old routine this morning. 

Scrap Our Stash is changing things up this month and they will now be posting half of the design team's creations on the 2nd and the other half on the 8th. Here's a look at the July Saturday Cartoon Sketch Challenge graphic:

Along with the sketch and the cartoon inspired challenge, there is an added challenge to use an arrow on your layout. I was inspired by the colors and the Independence Day theme and this is what I came up with:

I have scrapped family photos of Abby, Shawn, and Ada on Ada's first 4th of July. I know I have scrapped photos of just Ada for this day, but I haven't scrapped these least I don't think I have! They all look so cute showing off their patriotic outfits!

I stayed true to the sketch only adding on the scalloped borders and the banners at the top of the page. I was pretty impressed that I found blue paper with white stars and a red diagonal striped paper in my stash - just like the patterns on the graphic!

Surprisingly, I don't have that much in my stash in way of patriotic embellishments, so I dug out some stamps and wood veneer for this layout. Here are a couple of close-ups:

For the added challenge to add an arrow - well, I added 4 to my layout.

Head on over to Scrap Our Stash to see the beautiful layouts from the rest of the design team and to meet the rest of the new members. I hope you have some time to play along with us this month!

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

Saturday, July 6, 2019

Counterfeit Kit Challenge Mini Kit Reveal

Hello, everyone! Happy Saturday to you! I hope that you are having a good weekend! My hubby has been on vacation all week and I'm a little sad that his vacation is almost over! It's always nice to do things at a little slower pace.

It's mini kit reveal day at Counterfeit Kit Challenges and I am sharing the mini kit that created with you today!

Our inspiration kit that Tina has chosen for us to use is from Clique Kits and it is their June 2019 kit called - Sweet Tea:
Along with the main kit they have a junior kit:

I took a little different approach this time with my mini kit. Normally I try to match each paper that is in the kit as exact as I can - that's just me and my way of doing things, but this time I was drawn to one particular paper in the junior kit - the popsicle paper. I knew I had just gotten photos of my granddaughter making popsicles and I wanted to get them scrapped, so that is where my kit started! 

I went in search of some popsicle paper in my supplies and I found the Bella Blvd - Popsicles and Pandas collection - which was exactly what I was looking for - and it had some blues, pinks, and yellows in it like the junior kit. Here is my page kit:

I added in a few other things that I had found in my supplies - mirrored acrylic embellishments - similar to the fruit shaped pieces in the junior kit, and I added in some puffy stickers and die cuts to finish out my kit.

Here is the layout of Miss Ada making her popsicles using my kit:

I did have to add a scrap of red paper to my kit. There is a little red in the popsicle paper but that was it and I wanted a bit more since there was red in the photos.

I based my layout on a sketch from Scrapbook Generation's - The Whole Picture Vol. 2. If you like to use sketches and you like to use 4x6 photos - this book (and the Vol. 1) is a must-have! And the great thing is that if you are not a double page layout kind of gal - you can easily use one side or the other for a single page layout.

Here is a better look at each page individually:

I decided I needed a little something behind the hearts and plastic clip because they were getting lost on the popsicle paper so I pulled in a doily for each of my cluster areas and for my title area to help them stand out:

This blue journaling card has been in my bashket, well, pretty much from the get-go a couple of years ago when I put the first one together. I am so happy that I finally got it used! 

I rarely pull alphas and enamel dots for my kits because they are right beside my desk and I use them on almost every layout - so it is just handier for me to grab what I need when I need it!

I pulled more supplies than what I used but it's always nice to have some options when I'm working with my kits.

I was also inspired to put together a second page kit - based off of the cut apart sheet with the lemon on it. That lemon made me think of another story I want to document and here is the page kit for it:

You'll be seeing what I create with this kit a little later this month for one of our challenges!

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

Friday, July 5, 2019

Celebrating July 4th - Sketch N Scrap Card Sketch #149

Hello, everyone! Happy Friday to you! To all of my American friends - I hope you had a Happy 4th yesterday and got to celebrate with family and friends. We will be celebrating tonight as it was the only time the family could all get together. 

It is time for the first card sketch of July at Sketch N Scrap and it is a great one! Here's a look at Sketch #149 courtesy of Heather:

Since the 4th of July was yesterday, I thought it fitting to make a card for the occasion:

I had these scraps of paper on my desk from a layout that I had just made (and will be sharing in a few days!) and they were perfect for my card. 

I added a scalloped border to the bottom of the strip and turned my sentiment into a banner piece. The sentiment is from an old Studio G stamp set. I die cut 3 larger stars out of silver glitter paper for my focal point and punched 3 smaller stars out of the same paper to add to my sentiment banner. Here's a little better look to see the glitter on the stars:

Head on over to Sketch N Scrap to see the beautiful cards from the rest of the design team. I would love to see your take on the sketch, too, so be sure to play along this month!

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

Monday, July 1, 2019

One of a Kind - Sketch N Scrap #180

Hello, everyone! Happy July 1st! We are already halfway through 2019 - how can that be?! 

At least a new month means we have a new sketch challenge for you today over at Sketch N Scrap. Here's a look at the fun sketch that Sketch Artist Lisa has created to get us started this month:

I just love all of the layers on this sketch and I know I will be putting this one in my favorites folder to use again. Here is what I came up with:

For my layout, I have used Pink Paislee's - Paige Evans - Fancy Free - paper pad. I fell in love with this collection when it first came out but by the time I was ready to order it - it was all sold out. I happened to score the 12x12 paper pad at Tuesday Morning a few months later - which made me a very happy girl. My only trouble now is actually using it instead of hoarding those pretty papers!

Since I just picked up the paper pad, that meant that I didn't have any embellishments, but one of the paper in the pad had circles with words on them and I was able to punch or die cut a few to go on my layout. I also have the Paige Evans sticker book so I was able to use a few hearts from that, as well. Here are a couple of close-ups:

The tab behind this photo is for some hidden journaling. I have already scrapped several photos from this same day of Ada jumping on the trampoline, but the journaling on this layout is all about my personal feelings for her at this age - and of course, I think she is truly one of a kind!

Head on over to Sketch N Scrap to see how the rest of the design team interpreted the sketch. I do hope you find some time to play along with us in July. We have great layout and card sketches in store for you this month!

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

Sunday, June 30, 2019

His Name is Snugglefest - The Studio Challenges

Hello, everyone! I hope you're having a good weekend. I think summer has finally arrived! We have had a stretch of 90 degree days and lots of pool time!

It's time for a new challenge at The Studio Challenges today! This week we are challenging you with one of my favorite challenges - Tic Tac Toe! Choose a row from the board below and use those items on your layout. Here's the board:

And my layout:

I used the top row across - mini alphas, blue, and enamel dots. I also used polka dots, striped patterned paper, 3 photos, and a few of the hearts are fussy cut, too.

I used a lot of scraps from a couple of different Bella Blvd collections. I kind of wish I would have laid the strips out in a different order - I'm not too crazy with the pink letters on the green dot paper...I may have to go back and change it out - but then again, the layout is done!

I used a free sketch from Alison Davis' Sketch Week 2 from Scrapbook Generation which you can find here. I love this sketch and can see myself using it again and again.

Here are a couple of close-ups:

I busted out a little piece of ribbon and my roller phrase stamps for this layout. I loved die cutting the majority of the hearts and layering them down the side.

I even tore the edges of the bottom of the photo mats - although that's hard to see here!

I do still need to add some journaling - which will probably go in the space on the right side of the layout by the photos. A little bit about the photos - Abby and Shawn took Ada to a festival in their town last summer. Ada found this cute little crocheted puppy and fell in love! When Ada was asked what its name was she said - his name is Snugglefest - yeah, she went through a spell there where her names were a little...different!

Head on over to The Studio Challenges to see the wonderful layouts from the rest of the design team. We hope you have a chance to play along!

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

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Goggles Girl - Scrap Our Stash June Pick Your Side Sketch Challenge

Hello, hello!  Good Tuesday morning to you! I think summer has finally arrived here in the middle of the US and it looks like we are finally going to be able to get into the pool this week. Between all of the rain and the cooler weather we've been having...well, I'm ready for some summer!

Today is my day to be featured over on the Scrap Our Stash blog with my take on the June Pick Your Side Sketch Challenge. Here's a look at the sketch that we are to use one side or the other of:

Along with the sketch challenge, there is an additional challenge to use polka dot patterned paper and numbers on our layout. Here is what I came up with:

I chose the left-hand side of the sketch for my layout. I used pink polka dot patterned paper and for my numbers, I added the year to the bottom cluster. The polka dotted paper I found in my scraps box and all the other papers are scraps from the "Little Princess" collection from Simple Stories. 

I loved the look of the title within the journaling so I made sure to work it around to where my title was actually part of my journaling. I had a bit of an accident with my paint splatters, but it was an easy fix, I just cut another piece of white cardstock to fit in the space where my journaling and title was to go and then added it all on top of the piece of cardstock. At first glance, you don't even notice it - you have to be looking really closely to see that there is an extra piece of cardstock there.

Here are a couple of close-ups:

Instead of outlining my layout with a pen, like I tend to do, I used the same navy paint that I used for my splatters to go around the edges of my cardstock.

Be sure to stop by the Scrap Our Stash blog for more inspiration from the design team. I hope you have a chance to play along with us!

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

Monday, June 24, 2019

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #322

Hello and Happy Monday! I hope you had a good weekend and are ready for this new week. We are having a beautiful day today before the heat kicks in tomorrow. Any day that I can go with the windows open in the house is a day that I enjoy! I love to hear the breeze blowing and the birds chirping.

It's time for a new sketch challenge over at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge today and I am sharing the card that I created with the sketch. I decided to make a Christmas card again this week - that will be 2 Christmas cards made this month!

Here's a look at the sketch:

The strips on the sketch is a perfect way to use up some scraps and that is just what I did! I pulled out what's left of my Doodlebug Designs - Here Comes Santa Claus - 6x6 paper pads and created this card:

I'm slowly working on using up all that I have left of these paper pads. I just need to sit down one afternoon and make cards with what scraps I have left and be done with it! Hopefully, I will like Doodlebug's Christmas collection this year so I can buy some new!

I'm not usually a fan of cutting my paper into strips to add to my cards - mostly because I am challenged at cutting them straight and then putting them on the card front straight - but with a little help from my craft knife, I was able to get these fairly straight/even.

Be sure to stop by Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge to see the sketch and Wednesday will be the full design team reveal and last week's Top 3. I would love to see your take on the sketch, too!

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