Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Tuesday Morning Sketches #487

Hello, hello! Happy Tuesday to you! I hope your week is off to a good start.

It's time for a new sketch challenge at Tuesday Morning Sketches - sort of! Today we are featuring another "design team favorite" sketch from 2018. Today we are sharing Debbie's favorite sketch from the past year:



I must say that this sketch could easily become one of my favorites, too! I see myself using it again!

For my card, I have used Illustrated Faith's - You Are Loved - 6x8 paper pad. I just love the mix of colors and patterns in the collection. For the heart, I used an old stamp from Close To My Heart - All My Love (D1194) - which I found when going through my older stamps for another project. I need to go through my stamp collection more often - I found so many that I need to pull out and use again!

Head on over to Tuesday Morning Sketches to see the beautiful cards from the rest of the design team. I would love to see your take on Debbie's favorite sketch too!

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

Monday, January 21, 2019

Use Your Stuff #344 - Numbers

Hello, everyone! Happy Monday to you! I hope that you had a good weekend. Mine seemed way too short, but they always do!

Use Your Stuff has a new challenge up today and this week Amanda is challenging us to use numbers on our projects.

Since both of my boys have birthdays this week it was only right for me to make a birthday card for this challenge.


First of all, I just have to say that I can't believe that my baby is going to be 19 this week! It just doesn't seem possible!

For this card, I have used Echo Park's Birthday Wishes (boy) papers. I die cut the number 19 using the "Block Numbers" thin cuts from Close To My Heart. I just love these numbers - and the alphabet set, too - they are such a great size.

The sentiment is an old Close To My Heart stamp set - C1429 Party Pennants. I was going through some of my older stamps this past week and came across this set. I used to use it all the time and I had kind of forgotten I even had it! Time to get it back out and show it some love!

Head on over to Use Your Stuff to see the fabulous creations from the rest of the design team. We hope to see you playing along with us this week!

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

Friday, January 18, 2019

Better Together - Counerfeit Kit January Challenge #2

Hello, everyone! Happy Friday to you! I am so looking forward to the weekend! It's supposed to be super cold and dreary but that is just a good excuse to stay in and scrap!

Counterfeit Kit Challenge has their second challenge of the month posted today. For this challenge, you are to be inspired by the following mood board:


For my layout, everything I have used is from my January Counterfeit Kit - with the exception of the enamel dots. My enamel dots sit on my desk in a basket within reach at all times so I just pull them when I need them.


From the mood board, I was inspired by the messy stack of books to create a "stack" of patterned paper strips down the center of my layout. I was also inspired by most of the colors - black, white, red, and pink, and the circles, and the "sweet" dessert to create a layout about my hubby - or my "sweet" heart - and I! Tomorrow we celebrate our 29th wedding anniversary so I thought it was fitting to make a layout about us!

For the patterned paper strips, I used the border strip sheet that I included in my kit and a few pieces of washi tape from my kit. I can't believe that I remembered to use the washi tape. More often than not it goes untouched in my kit! 

I also used the circle stamp that I had in my kit to do a little random stamping on my background. By the time I added the paper strips most of the stamped images were mostly covered, but they are there!

My title and a couple of the black foam hearts came off of one of the word sticker sheets and I die cut the red heart and the "I only have eyes for you" circle out of one of the papers for my embellishments and the "love this life" circle is another stamp that I had included.

Here is a close-up of the embellishments:


Be sure to stop by the Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog to see the creations from the rest of the design team. We would love to see your take on the mood board challenge, too.

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

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Sketches In Thyme #357

Hello, everyone! Happy Thursday to you! I hope that you are having a good week. It's been a busy one around here and I am looking forward to the weekend.

Today is my day to be featured on the Sketches In Thyme blog with my take on Sketch #357. This week's sketch is courtesy of Shawn Lahr and it is one of my favorites!


Here is what I came up with:


I loved that the sketch featured four small photos - it was perfect for this series of photos of Ada jumping in a puddle after a spring rain a couple of years ago. It wasn't a very big puddle, but it was just right to jump around in for a while!

I used Echo Park papers on this layout. The background is from their "Photo Freedom" collection from several years ago, the solid turquoise is from "About A Boy", the stripe - and the stickers - are from "Sunny Days Ahead", and the pink solid for the title is from their "Summer Dreams" collection. I so love being able to work with different collections from the same manufacturer - you know the colors are always going to match!

Be sure to stop by Sketches In Thyme to see more design team inspiration throughout the month. I would love to see what you create with this sketch.

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

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Scribbles Designs Challenge #73 - Birthday Time Again

Hello again! I am back with my second post of the day. If you are looking for my Tuesday Morning Sketch Reveal, please scroll on down.


It's time for a new challenge at Scribbles Designs today. Challenge #73 is - Birthday Time Again! That's right, Scribbles Designs is turning 6 and we want to see your birthday creations! 

Along with our regular prizes, we've got a couple of extra prizes planned for our 6th birthday event, so we hope that you'll join us over on the challenge blog! If you'd like the chance to win the image that I used today, please be sure to leave a comment on this post! For the chance to win even more images, be sure to visit all of my fellow teammates. You can find links to all their personal blogs by visiting today's post on the challenge blog.

Here's a look at what I've created:


For my card, I have used - #966 CP Layer Cake 2. I colored the image with my Shin Han markers and I decided to go monochromatic with my card - something I don't do too often.



The papers were all in my scrap box and I used up what was left of them! So far I am doing pretty well at my goals for the new year. Let's see if I can keep the momentum going into February!

Be sure to stop by the Scribbles Designs Challenge Blog to see the birthday creations from the rest of the design team. We hope to see you playing along with us!

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

Tuesday Morning Sketches #486

Hello, everyone! Good Tuesday morning to you!

It's time for Challenge #486 at Tuesday Morning Sketches. This week we are starting to feature our favorite sketches of 2018. First up is Andrea and she has chosen sketch #446 as her favorite:



I have made a birthday card using this sketch. The only thing I changed up was using a tag in place of the oval shape on the sketch. I used Echo Park's - Birthday Wishes (girl) for this card. The tag is actually a sticker from the sticker sheet. I love it when I can use up some scrappy supplies on my cards.

Head on over to Tuesday Morning Sketches to see how the rest of the design team took on this sketch. We have a fun prize up for grabs this week so be sure to play along with us for your chance to win!

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

Friday, January 11, 2019

Hulk Smash - Scrap Our Stash Saturday Cartoons Challenge

Hello, everyone! Happy Friday to you! I'm a little sad today as my oldest son is heading back to college ahead of some winter weather. It's been so nice to have him home for the last month and I will miss having him around the house, but he is not far away and will be back home in a couple of weeks for his birthday.

Today is my day to be featured on the Scrap Our Stash blog with my take on the Saturday Cartoon Inspired Challenge. Create a layout inspired by the following Saturday Cartoon Image and Sketch AND you must use 3+ stars.


For my layout, I was inspired by the superheroes, and from the sketch, I included the long banner, a large circle, 2 photos, and journaling strips, and I added in several different sizes of die cut stars.


In keeping with one of my goals for the new year, I scrapped these photos of Matthew from 2003. His Dad had taken him to see the Hulk movie and he was obsessed with it for a while. When he found these big foam Hulk hands at the store he thought they were just what he needed when he "Hulked out"! I just love his angry Hulk face in the second photo!

I pulled some older papers from my stash for this layout, and I do believe that they are all from various Echo Park collections. I fussy cut some of the words from one of the papers because they reminded of an old cartoon or comic book. 


Be sure to stop by Scrap Our Stash for more design team inspiration. I would love it if you played along with us this month!

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

Thursday, January 10, 2019

A New Adventure - TN Time With Lisa and Lori

Hello, hello! Happy Thursday to you! We have almost made it to the weekend and I am looking forward to it! I have a lot of things I would like to work on this weekend - scrappy and otherwise - and it's supposed to snow, so it's looking like I may have an excuse to stay inside and be creative. I guess we will see if the forecast is right or not.


I have some exciting news to share with you today. My good friend, Lisa, and I have decided to host a monthly Traveler's Notebook - or TN for short  - challenge on our blogs! Bullet Journal spreads and Planner spreads will also be allowed. This is something we have talked about doing for a couple of months and we decided since we both had goals of trying out the Traveler's Notebook format this year that it was the perfect time to launch this challenge!

Lisa is a talented Sketch Artist - you may know her from Sketch N Scrap - and will be providing a TN sketch for us to work with each month on her blog - My Creative Endeavors. I will be providing a random challenge each month here on my blog. This can be anything from a stash challenge (to help us use up what we've got), a color challenge, or a prompt to just get you started.

You can complete the challenges together or separately - it's your choice. If you complete my random challenge - link up in the right sidebar here on my blog. 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.

Our challenges will start on the 10th of each month at 9 A.M. CST and will run until the 9th of the following month.

Before we get to my challenge - let's go over the rules. We don't have a lot but we gotta have them. For future reference, you can find the rules at the top of my blog page under the TN Challenge Rules tab.

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!

Now for my first challenge:


Just use at least 3 patterned papers on your TN, planner, or bullet journal spread. This would be a great time to raid those scraps!

Here is Lisa's sketch challenge:


And here is what I created using both the sketch and 3 patterned papers:



For my spread, I have used papers from my January Counterfeit Kit. You can read all about it here. I thought these papers fit the mood and feel that I wanted for this spread. 

The papers are from Bella Blvd - Valentina - collection. My title - Love, love, love - was actually part of one of the border strips that I cut apart and added to my spread. I also used my Ali Edward Story stamp from December for some embellishing. I thought about randomly stamping a few heart outlines on my spread, but was afraid I would mess it up...maybe I will get a little braver with it as I work in this notebook!

Here are a couple of close-ups:



I am going to try my hand at the 52 Favorites challenge this year. Paper Issues started this challenge last year and they are continuing it this year. All you do is scrap your favorite thing from the last week. I knew I wanted to use a TN for this challenge, so you'll probably see a lot of my 52 Favorites throughout the year, but you never know what else I will work on in this format!

What do you think of my first attempt at a TN spread? I know I had a lot of fun creating it and I look forward to creating more spreads in this size. 

Head on over to Lisa's blog to see her take on the sketch and my challenge. I will be offering up a prize - I just need to pull it together! You have until February 9th to play along! We would love it if you played along with us!

Just a note - you can find this challenge easily by clicking on the TN Time with Lisa and Lori graphic in the right sidebar.

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

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Southern Girls Challenge - Team Lou - Anything Goes

Hello, everyone! It's time for the first challenge of the new year at Southern Girls Challenge. Team Lou is up first and the challenge is...Anything Goes! Please be sure to read the rules on the Southern Girls Challenge blog before you enter our challenges.

We have two great sponsors for this challenge - Neat and Tangled and The Paper Shelter.

For my card, I have used a stamp set from Neat and Tangled - Simple Christmas.


For me, it's never too early to start on my Christmas cards. If I can make a couple every month then it's not nearly as hectic when the holiday season rolls around. 

I stamped the house image and the sentiment with Versamark ink and embossed them with white embossing powder. I popped up both the scalloped circle and the sentiment with foam tape. A pretty quick and easy Christmas card ready to go when the holiday season rolls around.

Head on over to Southern Girls Challenge to see the projects from the rest of the design team. We would love it if you played along with us!

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

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #298

Hello, again! I am back with one more project to share with you today!

The latest sketch at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge has been posted and it is a really fun one. I thought it would be a great one to use for a Valentine's Day card:


As soon as I saw that circle it reminded me of the - Doodled Designs (A1170) - stamp set from Close To My Heart that I have in my supplies, and I knew I would be using it on my card.


The paper that I have used is from an American Crafts 6x6 paper pad that I picked up last year. The cover is long gone and I mostly have only scraps left, but scraps were perfect for this card. One of the papers is full of word phrases and I cut out the "I love you more" phrase to act as my sentiment.

Since I used the doodled circle stamp I also doodled an outline just around the white part of my card - it looked a little plain otherwise!

Be sure to check out Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge tomorrow for the full design team reveal and last week's Top 3. I would love to see your take on this sketch.

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