Tuesday, December 1, 2020

The Great Stash Bash December Kit

 Hello, everyone! Happy Tuesday and Happy December 1st! I can't believe that it is already December and that 2021 is just around the corner. The new month means it is time for a new stash bash kit!

The Great Stash Bash 2020 is a challenge that my friend Lisa and I have been doing this year. We have made it our mission to try to use up as much stash as we can this year.


Here's how it works
 On the 1st of each month, we will post a challenge prompt and the stash kit we have created following that prompt. During the month we will try to use as much of our stash kit as possible on different projects. Then, on the last day of the month, we will do a recap post showing what stash we were able to bash! This will be a just-for-fun challenge so no monthly prize - but isn't the real prize using up our stash? You never know - if we still have a few unused stash items after a few months, then those items may just go into a giveaway. We hope you will join us in our quest to bash some stash in 2020. If you accept the challenge to play along - link up on either my blog or Lisa's blog (or both if you choose) so that we can see who is joining us each month! 

Since we are in December, let's have a little recap. I have not done nearly as much stash busting with my kits as I had thought - or had hoped - that I would! I seemed to do better with the "new" pieces in my kits than I did with the "old" - with the exception of my August kit. I actually managed to use the new papers and quite a few of my old papers - so much so that I was ready to stop working with it by the end of the month. 

January - May...well, I managed to make at least a couple of projects with each of these kits and at the end of the month I put everything back into my stash. From June until November - with the exception of August - I totally dropped the ball on using my kits, and the funny thing is those kits have some of my favorite papers in them! 

 Lisa and I decided to use December as a month to revisit those kits and see if we couldn't put them to use. We tend to pick out a total of 10 papers - 7 old and 3 new, 3 old embellishments, 1 new embellishment, and 5-7 scraps to work with, as well as one focus item. I have to say that I threw all of that out the window this month as I want to make a point to use as much of my past kits as possible. My December kit is a mega stash bash kit! 

Here's the graphic - not that it mattered for me!


Our focus stash item for December is chipboard! I don't have a ton of chipboard and what I have, well, I am not sure I will be able to incorporate into my layouts. I have some winter-themed chipboard, fall-themed chipboard, some summer-themed chipboard, and some old naked - or raw - chipboard. I may have luck with the summer-themed and naked chipboard, but anything else might be a challenge!

I did not snap a photo of my complete kit - it was so big - so I broke it all down into papers, then embellishments, then scraps, and finally some chipboard. Here are my papers:


I was a little surprised at how much the different kits coordinated together. I guess one take away from this challenge is I can tell the colors/patterns that I tend to gravitate to and use - mostly primary colors with basic prints!

Here is a break down of the papers:


These papers are what is left from my June kit. This is the kit that Lisa sent to me and I still love it! I did get a couple of projects made with the original kit, I have 5 full sheets left and then the black diagonal stripe and multi-color stripe are just partial pieces. I have ideas for projects - I just need to get them done!

Here is what is left of my July kit:


I used most of the new papers and all that is left is my "old" paper portion. This is one of my most favorite collections from Close To My Heart - Some Kinda Wonderful. I think that is my problem with not using this kit - I know once these papers are gone that they are gone for good - but it would be so much nicer to have them on a layout than collecting dust in a drawer, so I will use them up! The backside of a couple of the papers have pink on them and I am sure I will be using both sides of some of these papers.

Next are the papers from my September kit:


Once again, I used the new papers that I included in my September kit but the old papers were left. Another set of papers that I will be able to use both sides if I so choose.

Here is what is left of my October kit:


I don't even think that I used more than one paper from this kit, and the bad thing is, I have plans for layouts for most of it! I just ran out of time. Trying to finish a commissioned album these last couple of months has cut into me getting to scrap as much of my stuff as I would like. So, it's not that I don't like this kit, I just haven't had time to use it.

I am also keeping my November kit together since it is all Christmas 6x6 paper pads and I still have a need for a few cards and I hope to use some in my December Daily:


I pulled all of my embellishments together from these kits and here is a look at what I will be working with:


I have a few cut apart sheets:


The alphas:


The sticker sheets:


My scraps - which is quite a lot! There is an 8.5x11 page protector with scraps in it that I did not take out and scatter about:


The chipboard that I have pulled for this month (I had more than I thought!):




After pulling this chipboard, I have told myself that whatever naked - or raw - chipboard that doesn't get used this month, I think it is time for it to go. The pre-printed chipboard is just so much easier to use and I really can't remember the last time I even used raw chipboard in any way or form, so it is time for it to go! I will use what I can and get rid of the rest.

That is a pretty big stash kit to be working from! I do hope that by having all of these items mixed together that I will be able to mix and match and get the majority of this kit used up! As I said before, I have ideas for layouts or projects for a lot of these papers, I just need to make the time to get them done.

Now for the rules - Since this is a just for fun challenge the rules are not set in stone BUT we have them to help you focus on what really matters using your stash & to help spread the word of our fun challenge so others may join in!! You know you have at least one friend who needs to use her stash!! 

 Here are the rules: 
1. Follow the challenge prompt to create a kit to work with throughout the month. You may use other items, but please concentrate on using your kit. 
 2. Create new, not previously posted projects using your stash kit. 
3. If you have a blog - please include the challenge graphic and a link to our challenge in your posts. 
 4. You may link to social media if you don't have a blog. If you share on Instagram, please make sure to use - #lisaandlorisgreatstashbash2020 

Be sure to stop by Lisa's blog to see the kit that she has put together for this month. I don't think she is planning on going as big as I did, but we will see!

 I hope you are inspired to pull out some of your stash and play along with us. If you do play along with us - be sure to link up below. We would love to see your kits and your projects.

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

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Sunday, November 29, 2020

The Studio Challenges - Scraplift the Design Team

 Hello everyone! Good Sunday morning to you! I hope that you all are having a good weekend. It's been a busy few days but busy in a good way - lots of family time and some Christmas shopping.

It's time for a new challenge at The Studio Challenges today and this time we are challenging you to scraplift a layout from one of the design team members. I chose to scraplift this layout from Rainny from this challenge here:


And this is my layout:


I kept the overall design and the random stamping - although I added a lot more! I used all Elle's Studio papers - except the background - for this layout of Ada sporting her new smile. She lost both of her front teeth within 2 days of each other and she will truly be singing - all I want for Christmas is my 2 front teeth this year! She absolutely adorable with her new look and we will enjoy it while it lasts. Soon that gap will be filled with 2 big teeth! 

The journaling for this layout is on the pink tag behind the photo.

Here are a couple of close-ups:


I gave my roller stamps a workout on this layout. I think I used 6 or 8 different roller stamps on this layout. 


So, which layout will you decide to scraplift? I can't wait to see what you create!

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

Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #396

Hello, hello! Happy Tuesday to you. I hope your week is off to a good start. We are knee-deep in Thanksgiving preparations and I cannot wait until Thursday! Our Thanksgiving will look a lot different this year as we are not going to our big family Thanksgiving dinner like we normally do. Instead, we will be having our own little family dinner and I cannot wait!

Today I am sharing the card that I created for this week's Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge. Here's a look at this week's fun sketch:


This is one of those sketches that I know I will be using over and over again!

I still have a few more Christmas cards to make and this is what I came up with:


I used the Carta Bella Farmhouse Christmas paper pad that I put into my November Great Stash Bash kit. I had to go searching for the holly die cut and clear gems but everything else came from my kit. 


This card came together so quickly and now I have one more ready to be sent out by the first of December!

I already have ideas for more cards using this sketch...now to find the time!

Be sure to stop by Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge tomorrow to see the full design team reveal. I would love to see your take on the sketch, too.

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

Saturday, November 21, 2020

Scrap Our Stash November Sketch Challenge

Hello, everyone! Happy Saturday to you! I hope that your weekend is off to a great start. We are in full sleepover mode around here with Miss Ada and enjoying every minute of it!

Today I am sharing my layout for this month's sketch challenge at Scrap Our Stash. As an added challenge we were to use watercolor paper and chipboard on our layout. Here is a look at the sketch:

And my layout:


I have used Cocoa Vanilla's Happiness collection for my layout. The pink paper has a watercolor look to it and I also thought the paper I used for my circle has a watercolor look to it. I also added 3 chipboard sticker pieces around my layout - the little heart piece at the top of the page, the xoxo chipboard piece, and the "you are my happy" piece.

These photos are of Abby, Shawn, and Ada on the night of Ada's kindergarten graduation. Ada was holding a bright red graduation cap in the family photo so I turned that one to black and white, and then I ended up cutting the photo down small enough you probably wouldn't have seen it anyway!

Here are a couple of close-ups:




Be sure to stop by Scrap Our Stash to see how the rest of the design team took on the challenge. 

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

Monday, November 16, 2020

The Paper Girls Challenge #212 - Thankful/Grateful

 Hello, everyone! Happy Monday to you! I hope that you had a good weekend. Our weekend is extended since hubby has the day off today. We don't have any real plans - other than just relaxing - but I do plan to do a little Christmas shopping.

It's time for a new challenge at The Paper Girls Challenge Blog and today we are challenging you to make a project with the theme of "Thankful/Grateful". This can be a scrapbook layout about someone or something you are thankful for, maybe you are doing a gratitude journal this month, or maybe you just want to make a thank you - or thankful for you - card for someone special. 

I have made two projects for today's theme - a card and a TN spread. First up is the card:


For this card, I used a 6x6 paper pad that I picked up at Target's dollar spot a year or two ago and some stickers from an old Echo Park sticker sheet. I based this card on this week's sketch at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge:


Next, I have a TN spread for Week 43 in my 52 Favorites of 2019 TN:


I used Amy Tangerine's Late Afternoon collection for this spread of the people that I am truly thankful to call my family. 

Be sure to stop by The Paper Girls Challenge Blog to see the projects from the rest of the design team. 

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

Sunday, November 15, 2020

Hello Autumn - Lasting Memories #524 - Photo/Color Inspiration #3

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

Lasting Memories has a new Photo/Color Inspiration challenge posted today. This week we are working with fall inspiration:



I snapped these photos of our poor little pear tree and its beautiful leaves just a couple of weeks ago. This poor little tree has gone through a lot - almost being destroyed in a storm a few years ago - but we just didn't have the heart to cut it down. This year its leaves were the most vibrant that they have ever been. They were the most beautiful mix of reds, oranges, and yellows all on the same tree, and not only were they beautiful on the tree, but they were also beautiful on the ground. I couldn't resist snapping a photo of them.

I added my journaling to a tag and slipped it behind the photo:


Here are a couple of close ups:


I stamped some leaves in four different colors and then die cut them out to add to my layout. I then added some enamel dots to finish it all off. 


Head on over to Lasting Memories to see how the rest of the design team took on this challenge. Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today! I hope you have a great day!

Totally Epic - The Studio Challenges

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

It's time for a new challenge at The Studio Challenges today and this week's challenge is to use 5 or more patterned papers on your layout. I love to use patterned papers - even if it is in small amounts - so this challenge is right up my alley.

I challenged myself to use only patterned papers on my layout and I managed to use 9 different patterned papers:


All of the papers I have used are from Simple Stories' Bro and Co. collection, with the exception of the white paper, and it is an old paper from Chatterbox. I bought the Bro and Co. collection when it first came out and I even received some of it in my kit from The ScrapRoom. After this layout, I only have one full sheet of paper and enough scraps to make one, maybe two, more layouts. I love it when I can get a collection mostly used up within a couple of months of buying it. It's hard for me not to hoard a collection I really like, especially a "guy" collection - they are hard to come by - but it makes me so happy to get it used and on layouts about the ones I love!

I will be adding some journaling to this layout, I'm just not sure if I want to add it directly to the layout under the banner, or if I will do some hidden journaling. Matthew has decided to continue his education and he will be going to graduate school in January. He has gotten a graduate assistantship so it will all be paid for and I am beyond proud of him and all that he has done.

Here are a couple of close-ups:


Since the journaling will be about Matthew continuing his education, I used the books and backpack chipboard stickers, and since he is a big gamer in his spare time, I added a video game controller.


I went in search of my baker's twine for the tag and I have put it somewhere...I just can't remember where...I did find this ribbon and since it has been ages since I used ribbon on a layout, I just decided to go with it and I love it!

Be sure to check out The Studio Challenges blog to see the beautiful layouts from the rest of the design team. I hope you have a chance to play along with us, too!

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

Sketch N Scrap #213 - You Are Totally Awesome

Hello, everyone!  Good Sunday morning to you - I hope you are having a good weekend. Hubby has the day off tomorrow so that means we have a little longer weekend. It's going to be a busy day here on the old blog, so let's get started. 

I can't believe that it is already the middle of November and that Thanksgiving is just a couple of weeks away! The time is just flying by, but the middle of the month does mean we have a new sketch for you today at Sketch N Scrap. Today's sketch is courtesy of Sketch Artist Stacy and I had a lot of fun working with it:



This photo is of Miss Ada when she went to the doctor to get her flu shot. Abby said they had gotten there a little early and were waiting in the car. She snapped this photo of Ada and it is one of my recent favorites! Ada is growing up so fast!

I used Echo Park's Teen Spirit Girl collection for this layout and since unicorns are Ada's favorite thing right now, that purple unicorn paper and unicorn sticker had to make their way on this layout! 

Since all of the papers are on the light side, I went with a black cardstock background to help them pop. 


I added some clear gems to give a little sparkle.



I'm not too sure that I'm crazy about the title...maybe I should have moved it over more to where it is on the sketch, but I felt like it made that side too heavy. Maybe I should have used something a little larger...it doesn't bother me so much that I want to change it now, so I guess I will go with it!

Head on over to Sketch N Scrap to see the wonderful layouts from the rest of the design team. I would love to see your take on the sketch, too!

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

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

TN Time With Lisa & Lori - November Edition

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

It's time for the November edition of TN Time With Lisa & Lori today. I really can't believe that it is already November - and well into it! This time of year always seems to go fast for me - in anticipation of the holidays and all that goes with it - I suppose. Let's get on with the challenge. Here is how it works:

This is a monthly challenge that starts on the 10th of each month and ends on the 9th of the following month at midnight CST. If you complete my random challenge for the month - link your TN, bullet journal, or planner spread below. If you combine my challenge with Lisa's sketch challenge - link up here and on Lisa's blog  - My Creative Endeavors - and you will have two chances to win a prize. You can find the full list of rules here

Here is my November challenge:


Create a TN, Bullet Journal, or Planner spread with a fall or holiday theme, so any fall type photos - pretty fall colors, carving pumpkins, trick or treating, etc, - or maybe you still have some Thanksgiving or Christmas photos you want to scrap from previous years - now is the time to get them done!

Here is the November sketch from Lisa:


Here is my layout:


We just put up our Christmas tree last weekend - way earlier than we normally do - but Shane has been asking for it since March and we finally gave him the date of the first weekend in November. Anyway, for the past few years, once we get the tree decorated, I ask Ada which ornament is her favorite. For the past few years, it has been a pink lollipop, but when I asked this year it had changed to the mer-cat-icorn that I think Shane got at last year at the ornament exchange. The lollipop had a good run, but the favorite has changed! We'll see how long the mer-cat-icorn lasts as a favorite!

I included a close-up photo of the mer-cat-icorn and hid it behind the photo of Ada pointing to it on the tree. I was even lucky enough to find a tab with an ornament and the word "favorite" on it to use as a pull tab:


As a reminder - we will draw a winner in December for our September, October, and November in December so you have lots of time to play along with us - just add your layout to the linky below. Here is the prize that you will be playing for:


Be sure to stop by Lisa's blog to see her beautiful layout, too. I hope you have a chance to play along with us!

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

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Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #394

Hello again! I am popping in this afternoon to share the card that I created for this week's sketch at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge. Here's a look at the sketch:


I am still working on a few Christmas cards and this is what I came up with:


I used papers and stickers that I had included in my November Great Stash Bash kit. I would have liked this card better if the gingerbread men were a little smaller, but they work okay. The paper that I used is from Echo Park's A Gingerbread Christmas 6x6 paper pad and the stickers are some that I picked up at Dollar General last year. 

Stop by Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge tomorrow to see the full design team reveal and last week's Top 3. I hope you have a chance to play along with us!

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