Monday, March 18, 2019

Happy Days - Counterfeit Kit Challenge

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

It's time for Challenge #2 at Counterfeit Kit Challenge. For this challenge, Lisa wants us to take the name of the inspiration kit - Blue Skies and Butterflies - and use it for our project inspiration.

When I hear - blue skies and butterflies - I think of those warm, carefree days of spring and summer, so I pulled out a photo of my granddaughter from last spring when we went on a little adventure to the creek and made a traveler's notebook spread:


I used the teal green and pink papers from my March kit and the butterflies were fussy cut from one of the other papers in my kit. I also fussy cut the "love you" banner from the 6x6 paper.


The journaling on this spread says - "More warm sunny days spent with this girl - yes, please! I love it when the weather turns warm and we can get outside."

So, what do you think of when you hear "blue skies and butterflies"? I would love to see your take on the challenge, too!

Be sure to stop by Counterfeit Kit Challenge to see how the rest of the design team was inspired by the name of our inspiration kit.

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


Use Your Stuff #351 - Washi Tape

Hello and Happy Monday! We had a beautiful, sunny, warm weekend and that was wonderful for a change. I do believe that spring just might be here!

It's time for a new challenge this week at Use Your Stuff. This week I am challenging you to use washi tape on your projects.

I love washi tape and have a pretty good collection of it, but I have a hard time remembering to actually pull it out and use it. I love it when there's a challenge to use it on a project because that makes me pull it out and put it to use.

Here is the card that I came up with:


The bottom strip is patterned paper but the other three strips are all washi tape. Everything on this card, with the exception of the sentiment stamp and pink washi tape, was in my March Counterfeit Kit.

This card came together really quickly - it's a pretty simple go to design for me, but I think it's perfect when I want to use some washi tape. Sometimes quick, easy, and simple are all you need!

Head on over to Use Your Stuff to see how the rest of the design team used washi tape on their projects. I would love to see your take on the challenge, too!

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


Sunday, March 17, 2019

Sketches In Thyme #365

Hello, hello! Happy St. Patrick's Day to you! I hope that you are having a good weekend so far. The weather here is finally warming up and starting to feel a little more like spring and I am enjoying every minute of it!

Today is my day to share my take on Sketch #365 from Sketches In Thyme. This week's sketch is courtesy of Jenessa:



I have created a layout of Miss Ada using this week's sketch. I opted to not add a title and just let the pocket card, which I believe is from a MAMBI pack, serve as my title. 

I have finally had a chance to use my March Counterfeit Kit! The pocket card was not originally in my kit, but I found it when I was cleaning up my scrap room and knew it would be perfect for this layout.

I fussy cut the butterflies from one of the patterned papers in my kit and typed up a few word/phrase stickers to add into the embellishment clusters. I finished off each cluster with enamel dots and enamel hearts.

Here are a few close-ups:




I am really liking to rough up the edges of my papers. I guess it's taking the place of outlining for now! Once the papers on stuck down to the background I just rough up/bend up the edges with my fingernails.

I will add my journaling in the same spot as what is shown in the sketch. I just need to figure out what I am going to say for the space.

Head on over to Sketches In Thyme for more inspiration every day of the week. I would love to see your take on the sketch!

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

Friday, March 15, 2019

Scribbles Designs Challenge #75 - Yum! Yum!

Hello again! I am back with my second post of the day. If you're looking for my Sketch N Scrap reveal, please keep scrolling.


It's time for a new challenge at Scribbles Designs. Challenge #75 is - Yum! Yum! For the Foodie In You! - create a project that prominently features any kind of food.

Here is what I came up with:


I have used - #966 CP Layer Cake 2 for a birthday card. I colored the image with colored pencils and added a sentiment from a Jillibean Soup stamp set.

Head on over to Scribbles Designs to see the yummy projects from the rest of the design team. We would love to see your take on our foodie challenge!

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

Saturday Morning Coloring Contest - Sketch N Scrap #173

Hello, hello! Happy Friday to you! We are just a few short hours away from the official start of the weekend and I can't wait. With the time change this past week I am looking forward to sleeping in a little later tomorrow!

It's the middle of the month and that means we have a new sketch for you at Sketch N Scrap. Heather has created a fun 2-photo sketch for us to work with:




I stuck close to the sketch for my layout, only straightening the smaller photo so my title would have a place to rest. I think I'll go back and outline the edges of the papers to help each piece stand out a bit more. The grey block of paper sort of gets lost on there.

We had a sleepover with Miss Ada a couple of weeks ago and she got up bright and early Saturday morning all ready for a coloring contest with Pops. This is one of her favorite things to do with Pops. Sometimes they color pages out of coloring books and other times, like this day, they draw their own pictures to color. The bad thing is I have to be the judge and tell them who the winner is and that is a tough job, they are both such good artists! On this particular day, I could not resist the cute little face on Ada's turtle. He was just too cute! I told her she was the winner and then she felt bad for Pops and she told him he got 1st place, too! Gotta love that girl and her good heart!

Here's a close-up:


Head on over to Sketch N Scrap to see the beautiful layouts from the rest of the design team. I can't wait to see your take on the sketch!

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

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Tuesday Morning Sketches #494

Hello, everyone! Good Tuesday morning to you!

We have a new sketch today at Tuesday Morning Sketches for you! Debbie has created a fun sketch for us to work with this week:



I changed things up  just a bit by straightening the main square and substituting the smaller rectangle of paper with a sun. I used a cloud embossing folder for my background to add a little interest to the white paper.

My sentiment is an older stamp from Close To My Heart (S1802 Sunny Thoughts). I stamped it twice, once in black and again in yellow and I cut the word sunshine from the yellow, matted it on yellow paper and added it to the black stamped image. The sun is a die from Lawn Fawn.

Head on over to Tuesday Morning Sketches to see the beautiful cards from the rest of the design team and to see the prize for this week. We would love to see your take on the sketch, too!

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

Monday, March 11, 2019

So Lucky...Scrap Our Stash Saturday Morning Cartoon Challenge

Hello, everyone! Happy Monday to you! I am finally getting over this awful cold that I have had for over a week. It's nice to feel good again!

Today is my day to share my take on the Saturday Cartoon Sketch Challenge at Scrap Our Stash. Our Saturday cartoon for March is Snoopy - who is all dressed up for St. Patty's Day - which is what inspired my layout for the challenge. Along with being inspired by the cartoon image, we are also required to use a green embellishment.


Here is what I came up with:


This shamrock paper has been in my stash since 2003! I have not idea why I have not used it before now because I have had ample opportunity - St. Patty's Day photos are a yearly tradition around here! It feels good to finally use it!

I only had 2 photos so I used the space for the third photo for my journaling. For my green embellishments, I stamped a couple of St. Patty's Day stamps and die cut them into a circle. I also added just a touch of pink by way of the hearts. The pink on Ada's shirt just pops out at me, so I decided to add in just a smidge of it.

Now for the story behind the photos and title of "So Lucky To Get One Good Photo".  Here is the journaling - Ada was not into our traditional St. Patty's Day photo shoot this year. For starters, I had bought her a new shirt for St. Patty's Day because Abby said she didn't have a lot of green and when I pulled it out she said, "Gross!" and went back to playing her video game. I finally got the shirt on her - with quite a bit of protest - and she would not look at the camera. The only way she would take a picture was if Pops was in the picture with her - and even then it was a struggle to get a "good" one! (2016)

She always has been quite the character!

Head on over to Scrap Our Stash for more inspiration every day of the week. I would love to see your take on our challenge, too!

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

Sunday, March 10, 2019

TN Time With Lisa and Lori - March Challenge

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 the March Challenge at TN Time With Lisa and Lori! Here's how it works - Lisa will be providing a TN sketch on her blog for us to work with this month. Use the sketch to create a TN, planner, or bullet journal spread. I will be providing a random challenge here on my blog for you to use in your TN, planner, or bullet journal spread.

You can complete the challenges together or separately - it's your choice. If you complete my random challenge - link up below in this post. If you combine my challenge with Lisa's Sketch Challenge - link up your layout both here on my blog and on Lisa's blog. If you just complete the sketch challenge, then just link up on Lisa's blog. You will have a chance to win a prize from me and a prize from Lisa. 

Here is my challenge for March:


Just use some washi tape on your spread! No worries if you don't have washi tape you can always use paper strips, but use washi tape if you have it!

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


Here is my TN spread:


I have neglected my current 52 Favorites TN the last couple of weeks because I have been going back and working on my 52 Favorites of 2018 instead! Whatever photo inspires me at the time! I do hope to spend the next couple of weeks catching up on my current 52 Favorites but I will need to put in a photo order!

My Week 4 favorite of 2019 is this photo of my boys on their birthday weekend. I was so happy to have Matthew home for the weekend to celebrate his and Shane's birthdays. It seems unreal that they are 21 and 19 - when did they become men?! Having Matthew home for the weekend and the whole family together was like a present to me!

Here are a couple of close-ups:



I used washi tape in 3 different places on my spread - above the photo and at the top and bottom of my journaling spot.

I came across these birthday papers from Bella Blvd that I had gotten in a kit from The Scrap Room a few months ago and they were perfect for this spread. All of the embellishments - with the exception of the washi tape - were in the kit, as well.

Now for the rules. You can always find the rules to our challenge under the tab at the top of the page, but as a refresher, here they are again:


1. Create a TRAVELER'S NOTEBOOK, PLANNER, OR BULLET JOURNAL spread based on the CHALLENGE THEME and our sketch. 

2. You must be a follower of my blog.

3. Create a new, not previously posted project.

4. You are welcome to combine with other challenges.

5. If you have a blog please include the challenge graphic & a link to our challenge in your post.
6. You can link to social media if you don't have a blog. If you show your project on IG, please make sure to use #TNtimewithLisaandLori.
7. You can submit multiple projects but they must be posted to Mister Linky or social media separately.
8. If there are less than 3 players for our challenge, no winners will be chosen.
9. Most importantly have FUN!

How about a winner for our February challenge? I had 5 beautiful entries for my challenge and the winner is:



#4 - Doreen Vasquez

Congrats, Doreen! Email me at loristroup@yahoo.com with your address and I will get your prize out to you!

March's prize from me is:


I would love it if you played along with my challenge! Just link up your project below. The deadline to enter is April 9th at midnight. Don't forget to check out Lisa's blog to see her take on the challenge!

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

The Studio Challenge - Fussy Cutting

Hello, everyone! Good Sunday morning to you. I hope you are having a good weekend. My oldest son is home for spring break this week and I am looking forward to getting to spend some time with him.

It's time for a new challenge at The Studio Challenge blog and this week we want you to do some fussy cutting! How much - or how little - is up to you. Just pull out the scissors and get to cutting!

When I first started scrapping I did a lot of paper piecing so I actually really enjoy fussy cutting. Here is what I came up with for this challenge:


It might be a little hard to tell what I actually fussy cut on this layout - but I did fussy cut the unicorn and the butterfly from a piece of pattern paper. I also printed off the word - wonderful - for my title and fussy cut around it, too.

Here are a couple of close-ups:




I used papers from Elle's Studio and from Simple Stories on this layout. I made a mistake when I stamped my date the first time so I added a phrase sticker and tried it again!

Head on over to The Studio Challenges blog to see the wonderful layouts from the rest of the design team. I would love it if you played along with us!

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

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Sketch N Scrap's Go Green Crop


Hello, everyone! I thought I would pop in here really quickly to let you know that Sketch N Scrap's Going Green Crop starts tomorrow. To get those creative juices flowing I have posted a pre-crop challenge today so be sure to head on over and join the fun!

Here is the card that I created for the pre-crop challenge:



To find out what the challenge is - head on over to the crop by clicking here.

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