Monday, April 23, 2018

Use Your Stuff #309 - Vellum

Hello and Happy Monday!  I hope that you had a good weekend. We had a nice lazy weekend at home - my favorite kind!

It's time for a new challenge at Use Your Stuff and this week Gail is challenging us to use vellum on our projects.

For my card, I kept it pretty plain and simple and went with a black and white color combo. I embossed a piece of vellum with my swiss dot embossing folder. I like the look of the embossed vellum and I need to remember to do it more often on my projects.

I used this week's sketch from Clean and Simple Stamping and the sentiment is from Close To My Heart (M1187). Here is a look at the sketch:

Head on over to Use Your Stuff to see how the rest of the design team used vellum on their projects. We would love to see your take on the challenge!

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

Sunday, April 22, 2018

#Love at Lasting Memories

Hello, everyone! I hope that you are having a good weekend. I am running a bit behind today. I blame it on the weather as today is a rainy day and it felt good to sleep in a little. That also means a good excuse to stay in and scrap some more!

Lasting Memories has posted the last challenge for April today. I had hoped to play along with all of the challenges this month, but life has just been too crazy here lately. At least I got to play along with this week's challenge!

The theme all month long has been "All About Paper" and for the last challenge of the month, you are to use only 6x6 papers on your layout. The background can be 12x12 but everything else can only be 6x6 papers.

Oh, my sweet goodness, Ada does turn into a Pops' girl when the weather turns warm. She is ready to go outside and do all sorts of things and Pops is the chosen one when he is off! She usually starts about Wednesday asking when Pops will be off and starts making her plans for all the things that they are going to do when Friday rolls around. On this particular Friday, we could not get home fast enough after I picked her up! When we did get there and I got her out of her car seat, she took off running down the sidewalk to Pops. The hugs and kisses and sweet talk began! I love that she likes to spend time with Pops!

I have used Elle's Studio - Noteworthy - 6x6 papers and die cuts for this layout. I love that the majority of their collections include purple. Purple is not my favorite color to scrap with, but Ada wears a lot of it, so it's great to find a collection that has a little bit of purple in it. I bought this collection right before I went on a spending freeze and I'm actually surprised that I've already used some of it! I will get into this new spending freeze in a post later on this week as it's not a typical spending freeze.

Be sure to head on over to Lasting Memories to see the layouts from the rest of the design team. We would love to see you playing along with us!

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

Saturday, April 21, 2018

HIMCR #349 - Cutesy

Hello, everyone! Happy Saturday to you! I hope your weekend is off to a good start.

We have a new challenge starting today at Hiding In My Craft Room and this week we want your project to be "cutesy".

Our sponsor this week is Oddball Art and the giveaway is 2 images from their shop.

This week I had the pleasure of working with their "Let's Meet at the Sunflower - image No. 417" digital stamp.

I used colored pencils to color this cute little image. Looking at it now, I wish I would have made the butterfly yellow with orange spots, but when I was coloring it I was afraid that would be too much yellow...I just may have to try coloring this image again!

I used the Echo Park - For the Record 2 Documented - 6x6 paper pad. Hopefully, my card falls into the "cutesy" category!

Head on over to Hiding In My Craft Room to see the other projects from the rest of the design team. We hope you have some time to play along with us this week!

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

Friday, April 20, 2018

Sketch N Scrap Card Sketch #120

Happy Friday, everyone! We've made it to the weekend once again! It's supposed to be rainy most of the weekend so I will be spending some extra time in my scrap room. At least that is my plan!

Sketch N Scrap has the last sketch of the month posted today. Lisa has created a great for us to work with.:

I have used the - Be You - 6x6 paper pad from Pinkfresh Studios for my card. I kept it pretty clean and simple since the one pattern paper is a little on the busy side. The sentiment stamp is from Hero Arts and I chose it mainly because it was long enough to span the space that I wanted it to.

Be sure to stop by Sketch N Scrap to see the beautiful cards from the rest of the design team. We would love to see your take on the sketch, so be sure to link up by the end of the month.

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today! Have a fantastic Friday!

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Sketches In Thyme #321

Hello, hello! Happy Tuesday to you!

Today is my day to be up on the Sketches In Thyme blog with my take on this week's sketch. Sketch #321 is courtesy of Bev Code:

It's funny, but the whole time I was working on this layout I was trying to remember if I had already scrapped this photo...I took so many on this day because it was Ada's 6 month photo shoot...And with making a 6x8 album of her first year, maybe it was for that??? I really need to do a better job of keeping track of which photos I have scrapped - or maybe I should get better about putting completed layouts into albums so it's easy to see if I've already scrapped them. Whatever the solution, I need to get something done!

I used papers from my Counterfeit Kit that I put together for this month. You can read more about it here in this post. I have done very well with my kit this month. I don't have too much of the paper left and we're just past the middle of the month!

I did the smooshing technique with yellow, green, and pink inks. I was not too crazy about it once it dried, but when I added the photo and paper pieces to a plain white cardstock it looked too plain, so I went ahead and used the inked background.

Head on over and check out the Sketches In Thyme blog. We have new design team inspiration every day of the week and we have a fun prize being offered this month. We would love to see you playing along!

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

Monday, April 16, 2018

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #260

Hello, everyone! Happy Monday to you! I hope that you had a good weekend. As usual, mine seemed way too short!

It's time for a new sketch challenge at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge. Here is the sketch that Michelle has created for us to work with this week:

For my card, I have used Carta Bella's - Flora No. 2 - 6x6 paper pad. I just love all of the flower prints in this collection and it was really hard to cut into those pretty papers - I could just hoard them forever - but it makes me happy to use be using up my stash!

I changed up a few things on the sketch. I used one of the cut apart sheets for my sentiment/image and added in the string and bow where the sentiment placement is on the sketch, but I definitely think you can still see the sketch in my card.

The full design team reveal and Top 3 will be on the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge blog on Wednesday, so be sure to stop by and check it out. We would love to see you playing along with us this week!

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

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Scribbles Designs Challenge #64 - Favoring the Feminine

Hello, again! If you're looking for my Sketch N Scrap reveal, scroll on down or go here.

Scribble Designs Challenge Blog has a new challenge starting today and this time we are "Favoring the Feminine". Make your project girly in some nature - use florals, laces, ribbons or other items suitable for a feminine card or project.

For my card, I have used #629 - Flower 9  from the Scribbles Designs store.

I wanted the image to be pretty bold, so I went with red, and I am pleased with how it turned out! The sentiment is from Close To My Heart (A1189 -Short and Sweet).

Head on over to Scribbles Designs to see the awesome projects from the rest of the design team. We can't wait to see what you create!

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

Sketch N Scrap # 151 - Grandma's Boy

Hello, everyone! Good Sunday morning to you! I hope you're having a good weekend. It's another unseasonably cool one around here. I'm hoping that the warmer weather that is forecast for next week sticks around!

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

I can't believe how little Matthew is in this photo, and I can't believe it's taken me this long to scrap this photo! I haven't done a very good job lately at scrapping my older photos and I thought it was about time that I got back on track with that. My goal is to try to make at least one layout a month using older photos if the kids. Hopefully, it will be more - we will see how it goes!

For my layout, I have used the Simple Stories - Crafty Girl - papers that came in my Doubleshot kit from The ScrapRoom this month. I love, love, love these papers and can see myself getting more of them soon! I just love the colors and the patterns. I had a hard time cutting into that plaid paper as I would have liked to use the other side of it, as well.

I stamped my title with alpha stamps from Close To My Heart (D1729 -  Colorblock Alpha), and I realized after I had taken the photo that I forgot to go back and add the apostrophe to "Grandma's". That has been taken care of now! I have had these stamps for a long time and I can't believe that this is the first time I have used them. I know they will be showing up on more and more projects. I love them!

I used some of the stickers from the Crafty Girl sticker sheet. There wasn't a lot of things on the sticker sheet that went with the feel of this layout, but I used the flowers and a couple of the hearts. I also used some puffy hearts from Michaels.

It's a little hard to see the heart sticker on the kraft background in the photo, but you can see it a lot better in person

Head on over to Sketch N Scrap to see the beautiful layouts 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! I will be back soon with another project to share with you!

Saturday, April 14, 2018

HIMCR #348 - Super Scraps Saturday

Hello and Happy Saturday! Do you have anything fun planned this weekend?

It's Super Scraps Saturday at Hiding In My Craft Room! Be sure to use those scraps on your project this week!

Our sponsor this week is A Day For Daisies and the giveaway is a $12 gift certificate to their store.

This week, I had the pleasure of working with the Spring Blossom Bunch digital stamp.

I pulled scraps from the pretty Pinkfresh Studios - Be You - 6x6 paper pad. Pinkfresh Studios is quickly becoming one of my favorite companies! The colors in this collection are so pretty and the patterns are right up my alley!

I had colored this image before I even knew what papers I was going to use and when I pulled out the scraps from this collection - they were perfect!

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

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

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Little Miss Egg Hunter - April Counterfeit Kit Challenge #1

Hello, everyone! Happy Thursday to you! I hope you have all been doing well.

The first challenge of the month is posted over at Counterfeit Kit Challenge today, and Tina is challenging us to create an Easter themed project.

This layout is of Miss Ada during our Easter egg hunt last year. We decided to "hide" the eggs in our field and she was having so much fun running around looking for them. These photos of her amongst a little patch of wildflowers are my favorite from that day, but when I stepped on a snake and screamed, the egg hunt was over! We all headed back to the house and decided to keep the egg hunts in the yard from now on!

Everything I used on this layout is from my kit this month, with the exception of the alphas and the little metal dots. I am so happy to be getting this kit used up!

Be sure to check out the Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog to see how the projects from the other design team members. We would love to see your kits and your take on our challenges.

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