Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Atlanitc Hearts Sketch Challenge #312

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

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge has a great new sketch this week. This sketch is a great go-to sketch - especially if you need a quick card:



I'm still working on building up my "Thank You" card stash. Just a few more and I should be good for a little while!

I used Pebbles - Girl Squad - 6x6 paper pad for this card. I just love that floral pattern. The cardstock is from Close To My Heart - lagoon and mint. The mint cardstock is a perfect match to the mint background in that paper. The sentiment is from Close To My Heart  - Sunny Thoughts (S1802).

Be sure to stop by Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge tomorrow for the full design team reveal and last week's Top 3.

I hope you find some time to play along with us this week!

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

Tuesday Morning Sketches #499

Happy  Tuesday! This week is moving right along. Maybe it seems to be going fast because it is a short work week for us. Gotta love those shorter work weeks!

It's time for a new sketch challenge at Tuesday Morning Sketches. Melissa has created a fun sketch for us this week:


This is what I came up with:


I've been working on building up my thank you card stash so I have another thank you card today and I think it might be my favorite so far!

I used Pebbles' - Girl Squad - 6x6 papers for this card. The stamp is a Stampendous set that I picked up at Hobby Lobby for a couple of bucks. The sentiment is perfect for that fun coffee cup paper. I wanted to add a heart below the sentiment and I found a little heart stamp in an Elle's Studio stamp set that was the perfect size. All of my ink colors seemed to be off just a bit so I did the second generation stamping to fade the color just a bit.

I love how it turned out!

Head on over to Tuesday Morning Sketches to see the rest of the design team's take on the sketch. We also have a guest designer joining us this week so be sure to leave her some love! This week's prize is a package of flowers perfect for those spring projects! I hope you have some time to play along with us. I would love to see your take on the sketch.

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

Monday, April 15, 2019

Scribbles Designs Challenge #76 - Pastels

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



It's time for a new challenge at Scribbles Designs Challenge Blog. Challenge #76 is - Pastels. Create a project that prominently features different pastel shades.


For my card, I have used pink, blue, green, and yellow - although they may be a little brighter/bolder than intended! All of these pieces came from my scrap box. Gotta love when you can use up some scraps!

I used #B 16 Tag 1 for the tag on my card and #F 21 Daisy (free). I colored the center of the flower with my Shinhan markers and fussy cut it out and added some foam tape to the back for a bit of dimension. The sentiment is from a Hero Arts sentiment stamp set. I really need to build up my thank you card stash and I thought this card worked well for that.

Head on over to Scribbles Designs to see the pastel projects from the rest of the design team. I hope you find some time to play along with us!

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





Use Your Stuff #355 - Easter/Spring

Hello, everyone! Good Monday morning to you! I hope that you had a good weekend. It was a nice, quiet weekend around here. Lots of time to just rest and relax.

It's time for a new challenge at Use Your Stuff. This week's challenge is - Easter/Spring. We want to see your Easter or spring themed projects.

I needed one more Easter card so this challenge was perfect. Here is what I created:


I've used Echo Park's - Sunny Days Ahead - 6x6 paper pad and stickers for this card. I know I bought two of these paper pads when they first came out and I'm getting down to just a couple of full sheets and some scraps. I'm going to be ready to buy a new spring/Easter collection next year!

I am also entering this in Sketch N Scrap's Spring Fling pre-crop challenge which is to use one of their older sketches and add an animal to your project. That cute little bunny fits the bill!

Here is the sketch that I used (Sketch #138 from January 20, 2018):


Be sure to check out Sketch N Scrap's Spring Fling Crop!

Head on over to Use Your Stuff to see the Easter/spring projects the rest of the design team has created. I hope you have some time to play along with us this week!

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

Sunday, April 14, 2019

LM #442 - Look Up At The Sky Day

Hello, everyone! Good Sunday morning to you! I hope you are having a good weekend. Our weather has returned to feeling more like winter than spring and there is even a chance of that s-word in the forecast for this morning. Thank goodness we are supposed to be back to the 70's tomorrow!

It's time for a new challenge at Lasting Memories today. For April our theme is Holiday Insights for Interesting Prompts - so we are focusing on the not-so-well-known holidays. This week's holiday it - Look Up At The Sky Day.

Look up at the Sky Day is a fun day to check out what's up there. 'Ya never know what might be up there. An asteroid or meteor may be on its way. A solar eclipse could be on display. A flock of geese or birds may be overhead (you may need to duck for cover!). or, the clouds may be forming into interesting characters and patterns. Take a few minutes out from your busy day to look up at the sky today. If nothing else, the break from the routine will be relaxing.

Create a layout about what you see looking up at the sky.

This is what I came up with:


I have created a traveler's notebook spread for my 2018 52 Favorites. I am really enjoying going back and looking through photos from last year and picking out a favorite for each week.

Scott and I were on our evening walk last August (I just realized I dated this April instead of August - it will be fixed!) when we happened to look up to see this glorious sight! The sunrays coming out from behind the clouds were just unbelievable. It was quite a sight to see!

I kept my spread pretty simple because I wanted to keep the focus on the photo. I wanted my title to stand out a bit more but I didn't want to outline each of the letters, so I gave each word a line to sit on.

Head on over to Lasting Memories to see the beautiful layouts from the rest of the design team.

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

Friday, April 12, 2019

Beautiful - Counterfeit Kit Challenge - April Showers

Hello, everyone! Happy Friday to you! Are you ready for the weekend? I sure am!

It's time for the first of two challenges at Counterfeit Kit Challenge. Challenge #1 - When we think of April we often think of April showers and the inspiration kit has a lot of weather elements included - rainbows, umbrellas, parasols, and sunglasses. Let's be inspired by the weather for this challenge!

Here is what I came up with:


I am so glad that I included the Pink Fresh Studios - Dream On - 6x6 paper pad in my kit because it was perfect for these photos. The die cuts are from the same collection. I also had this Heidi Swapp stamp set out on my desk and a couple of the sayings in it were perfect. I didn't feel like any of the few alphas that I included in my kit were right for this layout, so I pulled this gold glitter word for my title.

About the photos - we had severe thunderstorms roll through our area in May of 2017. A tornado touched down a mile or so from our house and we had such extreme wind! We lost half of our pear tree - it split right down the middle - and our trampoline was lifted up and blown about 100 yards into our neighbor's tree line. There were multiple trees down in our area - 2 or 3 across the roads. Talk about a scary day! Thankfully, none of us were hurt and there was no damage to the house - and at the end of the day, we were blessed with this beautiful - most vibrant rainbow that you would ever see. The photos do not do it justice!

Here is a close-up:


Stop by the Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog to see the other design team member's take on the challenge. I hope you have a chance to play along with us!

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

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Heartbroken - Scrap Our Stash Saturday Morning Cartoon Challenge

Hello, everyone! Good Thursday morning to you. I hope you are having a good week. Now that the weather has gotten warmer time really seems to be flying by for me!

Today is my day to share my take on the Saturday Cartoon Inspired Stash Challenge at Scrap Our Stash - and it is a fun one!


This month's challenge is to pick a care bear and create a layout based on the sketch. You must include the color of the bear you choose on your layout and you must use an embellishment(s) - or use patterned paper - with the symbol on the bear's chest.

For my layout, I chose Tenderheart Bear. Tenderheart Bear is light brown in color and has a single red heart on his chest. 


I used Kraft cardstock for the light brown color and a single red heart for one of my embellishments. I also used a heart patterned paper on my layout. All of the papers were in my April Counterfeit Kit which you can read about here.

Since the papers were pretty busy I kept my embellishing very minimal.

About the photos - one day last April, Abby and Shawn took Ada to the McDonald's so she could play in the play place, and she had so much fun! I even made a layout of the visit with a photo that Abby had sent me. You can see that layout here. It wasn't even two weeks later when we saw on the news that they were tearing down that same McDonald's to build a new one. When Abby showed Ada the photos of the building being torn down it brought tears to Ada's eyes! All she could say was that she had so much fun there! She was heartbroken that it was gone.

Thankfully, they were building a new McDonald's with a play place and it was done just a few months later. Ada has already been there several times and approves of the upgrade!

Be sure to stop by Scrap Our Stash for more inspiration from the design team. I would love to see your take on this challenge!

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

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

TN Time With Lisa & Lori April Challenge

Hello, hello! Welcome to my blog - I am so happy that you are here today!

It's time for the April 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. 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 April:
(Challenge open April 10th - May 9th at midnight)


That's it - use 2 or more of the above colors on your spread. Other colors can be used but your spread must be predominantly these colors.

Here is the sketch that Lisa has created for us:



Here is my TN spread based on the sketch and using the light pink, dark pink, and mint colors in the color board:



I'm back to working in my current 52 Favorites TN. Some weeks it is seriously hard to pick one photo/story to tell! 

I've skipped a few weeks to get to Week 11, but Lisa's sketch was perfect for this photo of Ada at her kindergarten orientation. No worries - I will be going back and sharing the other weeks as I get them done.

About the photo - the closer that it gets to being time for Ada to go to school - the more nervous she gets and says she doesn't want to go. Abby was worried about how she would do when they had kindergarten orientation. Worried that she would be clingy and not wanting to be with the other kids. There was no need to worry! When Ada got around the other kids she was off and playing, and at the end of the night, she didn't want to go home! I think it's safe to say that she is ready for kindergarten!

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/or 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 Inlinkz or social media separately.
8. If there are less than 3 players for our challenge, no winners will be chosen.

9. We ship only in the USA but our challenge is open to everyone so feel free to join us if you are an international player! 
10. Most importantly have FUN!

How about a winner for March? I had 6 beautiful entries and I loved seeing every one of them! My winner is:




Congrats, Sandi! Email me at loristroup@yahoo.com with your address and I will get your die cut words and puffy shapes out to you!

Here is April's prize:


I would love it if you played along with my challenge! Just link up your project below by May 9th at midnight! Be sure to stop by Lisa's blog to see her take on the challenge!

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



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Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Tuesday Morning Sketches #498

Hello, everyone!

It's Tuesday and that means there's a new sketch challenge at Tuesday Morning Sketches! This week Debbie has provided our sketch and it's a great one!



I love all of the layers on this sketch! I pulled out a few scraps from my April Counterfeit Kit that were out on my desk from a previous project and went to work. I don't go with the color combo of pink and yellow very often, but I am really liking how this one turned out!

The sentiment is from Bo Bunny's "Positive Vibes" stamp set. This set is quickly becoming one of my favorites to use!

Be sure to stop by Tuesday Morning Sketches to see the beautiful cards from the rest of the design team. I would love to see what you create with this sketch, too!

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

Sunday, April 7, 2019

The Studio Challenge - Sketch

Hello, everyone! Good Sunday morning to you! I hope that you are having a good weekend. Ours has been great so far - warm weather, windows open, yard work being done...you can't get any better than that!

It's time for a sketch challenge at The Studio Challenges today! Anna has created a fun sketch for us to work with:


This is what I came up with:


I really liked the big triangles on each end of the photo block, but I just could not get them to look right - they were either too big or too small, so I decided to leave them off and just add a couple smaller triangles in opposite corners.

Everything I used on this layout is from my April Counterfeit Kit. You can read all about it here. It's always great to have papers already picked out and ready to go when I sit down to scrap. I even use one of the cameras that I created for my forgeries.

Here are a couple of close-ups:



When I added in the black and pink splatters I got a big blob of the two together and it didn't look very pretty, so I added a puffy heart on top of it and then sprinkled a few more down my layout.

I love these photos of Ada trying to sneak up on me in the car. She looks so darn cute in her little sunglasses peeking over the seat!

Head on over to The Studio Challenges to see the beautiful layouts from the rest of the design team. I would love to see your take on the sketch, so be sure to share it with us!

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