Saturday, October 20, 2018

Boo! - Sketch N Scrap #132

Hello, everyone! Good Saturday morning to you! We've got another busy weekend ahead of us and I can't wait. Tis the season for weenie roasts and time with family!

It's time for the second card sketch of the month at Sketch N Scrap today. Lisa has created a great card sketch with lots of possibilities! I know I will be using this one again!




While going through and reorganizing my old paper, I came across these Halloween papers and couldn't wait to use them on a project. The good thing about using them on a card is there are still plenty of scraps that can be used for a layout!

The sentiment is a Poppy Stamps die and the little ghosties (my favorite of all time) are from  Taylored Expressions. I die cut the sentiment four times and layered them on top of each other for a little dimension, and I also added foam tape to the back of the ghosts. I love how this turned out and it makes me so happy to have used some older papers, too!

Don't forget - our Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice Crop is still going on on our Facebook Events page. We would love to see you playing along! Come on over and join us here - https://www.facebook.com/events/2045140885706643/


We will also have our 3rd exclusive World Card Making Day sketch posted over on the blog this afternoon.

Head on over to the blog to see how the rest of the design team used this sketch. You have until the 31st at 9:55 p.m. CST to play along!

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

Friday, October 19, 2018

Sketches In Thyme PL Style #112

Hello, hello! Happy Friday to you! We have made it to the weekend and that makes me one happy girl!

Sketches In Thyme PL Style has a new sketch posted today and Emma has created a fun one for us. I can see myself using this sketch over and over - it's perfect for title cards and it would be a great journaling card, too!

Here's a look at the sketch:


And here is my card:



So...I was so excited to work on this "First Halloween" spread for Miss Ada's First Year album. I already had my photos printed and was ready to go - until...I realized that I did not resize my photos for this spread and there is no way that I can cut down a 4x6 to fit into a 3x4 pocket without cutting off too much important stuff. Ugh! One of these days I'll get it all together! Or maybe it's time I invested in a photo printer for home!

I just love how this card turned out! I used scraps from an old Bella Blvd Halloween collection - Happy Halloween. Scraps is all I have left of this cute collection, but luckily they are mostly big enough to make these little cards! The letter stickers are from a little Teresa Collins sticker book and those cute little ghosties are die cut using a die from Taylored Expressions.

Ada was a shark for her first Halloween so there is a lot of grey in the photos which is why I chose the turquoise and black colors. I'm sure a bit of grey, orange, yellow, and purple will show up in this spread as well.

I am off to pick up another photo order - with the right size photos in it. I will add in the finished layout when I get it done.

Head on over to Sketches In Thyme PL Style to see the projects from the rest of the design team.

Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a fabulous Friday!

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Sketches In Thyme #345

Hello, hello! Good Wednesday morning to you! The weather is finally starting to warm back up to normal temperatures after a few days of below normal cold temperatures. No wonder it feels like we go from summer straight to winter when we skip the 60's and 70's and go right to the 30's and 40's! Hopefully, normal fall temps are here to stay for a little while!

I am featured today over on the Sketches In Thyme blog with my take on Sketch #345. Here is a look at the sketch, courtesy of Jenessa:


I am still working on getting older fall photos scrapped, and I am still working with my September Counterfeit Kit Challenge (you can read all about it here). I had filled my kit with lots of fall papers in hopes of getting some of them used up and I am sticking with it until that kit is used!


Since taking a family photo in front of the pretty trees is tradition, it gets a little hard to come up with a title that hasn't been used over and over. I decided to go with the date of the photo as my title for something a little different.

I used a mix Fancy Pants, Simple Stories, October Afternoon, and I'm not really sure of where the green is from, I had to pull it from my stash as I had none in my kit. I fussy cut the leaves out of one of the Fancy Pants papers and the printed wood veneer pieces are from Pinkfresh - Oh My Heart. I added some gold hearts and gold splatters, too.  


I decided to add in more banners as opposed to the squares at the top of the page. The squares and the border strip at the top of the page just didn't work together well for me.


Head on over to Sketches In Thyme for inspiration every single day of the week. We would love to see what you create!

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

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #286

Hello, everyone! Happy Tuesday to you! We are two days into the new week and I am already ready for the weekend again!


Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge has their latest sketch posted over on the blog and I am here to share my card inspired by the sketch. Here's a look at the fun sketch:


When I first saw this sketch I knew I wanted to use a Christmas tree on it. Then, I thought maybe I should go with a fall theme and use a big leaf.  I also thought about making a Halloween card and using a ghost...in the end, the Christmas tree won out, and I think this just might be one of my favorite Christmas cards that I have made.


I decided to go the easy route for this card and use a sticker as I didn't feel like digging out all of my Christmas stamps looking for the perfect tree. Although I'd better be getting out my supply of Christmas stamps since I really need to get busy with making my Christmas cards this year (I am a bit behind!).

The sticker is from an Echo Park sticker sheet from the Reflections Christmas collection. The polka dot paper is from that same collection and the green is from Echo Park's Merry Christmas collection from several years ago. The sentiment is from a Studio G $1 stamp. It is just the right size and so it gets used a lot! I added foam tape behind the tree and behind the sentiment to give them a little separation from the background.

Once I finally decided which type of card I was going to make, this card came together so quickly and like I said, it is one of my favorites!

The full design team reveals and last week's Top 3 will be up on the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge blog tomorrow so be sure to stop by and check it out! 

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







Monday, October 15, 2018

Scribbles Designs #70 - Winter Is Coming

Hello, everyone! Happy Monday to you! I can't believe that it is already the middle of October! The middle of the month means a new challenge is posted over at Scribbles Designs Challenge Blog.



Challenge #70 is - Winter is Coming - and we want to see some form of snow/winter on your creations. This can be a snowman, snowflakes, icicles, frost, etc.

Here is my card for the challenge:


I used - F #144 Snowman 1 for the focal point of my card. Snowmen are my favorite and this little guy is too cute!

I added Wink of Stella to the snowman to give him the sparkly look of freshly fallen snow and added black rhinestones for his eyes and buttons. I also fussy cut him and added him on top of the same image with some foam tape for a little dimension.


The sentiment is an old Studio G $1 bin stamp and it is a perfect match for this cute image!

Head on over to the Scribbles Designs Challenge Blog to see the wintery cards from the rest of the design team. We hope you have a chance to play along with our challenge!

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

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Singing Her Song - Scrap Our Stash

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.

Today is my day to be featured over at Scrap Our Stash with my take on the October Golden Globe Stash Challenge. Here is the movie that we are to be inspired by and the added challenge to use bling/rhinestones on our layouts:


I can't believe that I have never seen this movie - especially since I have a granddaughter who is all about watching movies and who loves to sing! I thought these photos of her performing for us were perfect for this challenge!


I knew I had this music note paper from an old My Mind's Eye paper pad and I really didn't know if I would ever have an opportunity to use it, but when I saw this challenge, I knew it would be perfect for this page. I also had picked up a pack of these guitar stickers a couple of years ago, and finally, I have a reason to use one!

About these photos - we have this little guitar that the boys got back when they were pretty little. It was pretty neglected until Ada came along, and boy, does she love to play it and to sing us some songs! She mostly makes them up as she goes along - once in a while, she'll sing Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star - and they can go on, and on, and on! I love to hear her little songs!

For my bling/rhinestones, I used gold glitter alphas and some gold gems. Here are a couple of close-ups:



Be sure to stop by Scrap Our Stash for inspiration every single day of the week. We would love to see your take on the challenge. Come on over and join us!

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

Sketch N Scrap World Card Making Day Sketch #2

Hello and Happy Saturday! It is the weekend and I have been looking forward to it all week long! It's going to be a dreary, rainy weekend, and after a quick visit with my son at college today - and maybe a little scrappy shopping - I plan on spending the rest of my weekend in my scrap room!

Are you ready for a new card sketch? Today Sketch N Scrap is posting their second exclusive bonus sketch for World Card Making Day. This sketch is courtesy of Heather:



I went old school on my card and used mostly cardstock - the only patterned paper is the green - which was a little scrap piece in my scrap box. I used an argyle embossing folder on the white panel to give it a little interest. 

I punched one-inch circles out of the green paper and three quarter inch circles out of red to layer on top of the tag. I also moved my sentiment to on top of the circles instead of below them. Some twine and a few little red gems finished it off. 

Head on over to Sketch N Scrap to see how the rest of the team interpreted the sketch. I hope to see you playing along with us!

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


Friday, October 12, 2018

Selfie Sidekick - Counterfeit Kit Challenge October Challenge #1

Hello, hello! Happy Friday to you! Are you ready for the weekend? I sure am! I am looking forward to getting to sleep in a bit for a couple of days! It's looking like it might be a rainy weekend, so I plan on getting quite a bit of scrapping done!

It's time for our first challenge of the month at Counterfeit Kit Challenge today. We want to know what your scrappy superpower is and use a selfie!

Scrappy superpower...hmmm...I don't really know what my scrappy superpower is...I don't really layer a ton on every layout...I only fussy cut when I have to...I do outline a lot on my layouts - just not this one...I do use sketches for almost every layout so I guess my superpower could be Sketch Queen, and I do like to keep things clean and simple, so maybe I am the Queen of Clean and Simple...I'll keep working on it, but in the meantime, here is my layout:


I could not wait to use these papers from my October Counterfeit Kit (you can see my kit here) and I knew they would be perfect for these photos of me and my youngest son from a couple of years ago. Everything on this layout is from my kit with the exception of the alphas, the puffy hearts, enamel dots. Those items are always close at hand and I rarely put them in my kits.

Shane and I spend a lot of time together and not only is he my selfie sidekick, but he is my sidekick in life. He is (almost) always up for anything and he never fusses - at least not too much - when I ask him to take a picture with me! I plan on adding a bit of journaling to my layout in the blue space below the photos, but I have to figure out what I want to say in that amount of space!

Here is the sketch from Sketch N Scrap that I used. It is from their 5th Birthday Bash (Sketch #5, May 30, 2017):


Here are a couple of close-ups of my embellishment clusters:



Head on over to Counterfeit Kit Challenge to see what kind of scrappy superpowers the rest of the design team has. We would love to see your selfies along with your superpowers.

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

Monday, October 8, 2018

Use Your Stuff Challenge #333 - Autumn/Halloween

Hello, everyone! Good Monday morning! I hope you had a good weekend. Ours was filled with lots of family fun - the kick-off to a busy few months, I guess you could say, and I am looking forward to it!

Today is the start of a new challenge at Use Your Stuff. This week we are challenging you to create an Autumn/Halloween themed project.

I have created a Halloween card this week:


I can't believe that this is the first Halloween card that I have made this year! I am getting a slow start, but I don't really plan to make too many.

I am trying to use up what little bit of Halloween papers that I have before I buy more and I must say, I don't have very much left. I think that next year I can look into buying a new collection or two.

I used all scraps from Doodlebug Design's - Boos and Brews - collection. I had that cute little Frankenstein left on the cut apart sheet, and I thought he needed to take center stage on my card. 

I based my card off of the sketch from Challenge #1 at Sketch N Scrap's Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice online crop. Head on over and check it out!

Head on over to Use Your Stuff to see the Autumn/Halloween projects from the rest of the design team. I hope you have a chance to play along!

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

Saturday, October 6, 2018

Sketch N Scrap WCMD Sketch #1

Hello, everyone! We have made it to the weekend and what a weekend it is! Today is World Card Making Day and we are going to be celebrating it all month long at Sketch N Scrap


We are kicking off the celebration today with a new card sketch for you, and we will be bringing you a new card sketch every Saturday in October! Here is a look at the first sketch:


I loved this sketch that Lisa created the minute that I saw it and I know I will be using it again and again.


For my card, I pulled out a 6x6 paper pad that I have been hoarding - My Mind's Eye's Cut & Paste Adorbs. I just love the colors in this collection and that pretty floral paper is my favorite!

The sentiment is from an Art C stamp & cut stamp set. There is no name on the stamp package...but there are a lot of great sentiments in this set. I added some foam tape behind the sentiment, and the strip with the string, for some dimension.

The pretty pink flowers I picked up at Michael's in their $1 bin - or maybe it was a $2 bin - whatever the case, they were a great deal for the amount that I got!



Don't forget - our Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice Crop starts today - head on over to our events page and join in the fun. Here is the link to get there - https://www.facebook.com/events/2045140885706643/

Head on over to the blog to see today's sketch and the creations from the rest of the design team. We would love to see your take on the sketch, too!

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

Friday, October 5, 2018

Sketches In Thyme PL Style Sketch #111

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.

The first Friday of the month means we have a new sketch for you at Sketches In Thyme PL Style. Shawn has created a fun sketch for our first sketch of the month:


And here is my card:


I changed things up a bit and used patterned paper circles in place of the photos and made a title card for Ada's 11-month photos. Yeah, I am still working on her first-year album!

Here are a couple of the photos that will go in the spread:


For my title card, I have used papers from an American Crafts 6x6 paper pad. I'm pretty sure it was a Valentine's Day paper pad, but the cover is long gone! The blues are a couple of scraps that I had in my scrap box. I also used my favorite puffy alphas and puffy hearts from Pink Fresh Studio. Those alphas are perfect for project life.

I have quite a few photos from this little photo shoot...I would like to keep it to two pages, but it may have to be more like 4! I had to get some of the photos reprinted in smaller sizes, and my photo order still hasn't come in yet, so I will hopefully remember to share the completed spread(s) once they come in.

These two photos are quite similar so I will more than likely substitute one with another photo when I get my order in.

Ada is so stinkin' cute in these photos and she was such a happy girl while we were taking the pictures. Of course, her Uncle Matt and Pops were behind me acting goofy to get her to smile!

Head on over to Sketches In Thyme PL Style to see how Shawn used the sketch, too. I would love to see your take on the sketch, too.

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

Sketch N Scrap Card Sketch #131

Hello and Happy Friday!

It's time for our first card sketch of the month at Sketch N Scrap today. Heather has created a great sketch for us to work with - and it has my favorite element - banners - so I had to play along!

Here's the sketch:


And my card:


I recently picked up the Echo Park - Birthday Wishes (boy) - 6x6 paper pad at Tuesday Morning and I decided to make a birthday card using this sketch. The sentiment is from Close To My Heart - B1537 - Birthday Sprinkles.

I liked that the sketch had a torn edge to the paper and I made sure to do that with my card, as well. Another birthday card to go in my stash for when it's needed.

Tomorrow is the start of our Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice Crop over on our Facebook events page. Come on over and join the fun! You can find it here - https://www.facebook.com/events/2045140885706643/


Also, tomorrow we kick off our month-long celebration for World Card Making Day. Be sure to stop by the blog and see the first of four new sketches that we will be sharing this month.


Head on over to Sketch N Scrap to see how the rest of the design team used Heather's sketch for today. I can't wait to see what you create!

Thanks so much for stopping by today! Have a fabulous Friday!

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Join Us All Month Long At Sketch N Scrap...


Hello, hello! October is going to be a busy month for us at Sketch N Scrap!

Along with our regularly scheduled layout sketches on the 1st and 15, and our card sketches on the 5th and 20th, we will be celebrating World Card Making Day all month long, too! We will be sharing new card sketches every Saturday in October in celebration of World Card Making Day, so be sure to check out the blog every Saturday.

And, as if that is not enough, we will also be having our Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice Online Crop over on our Facebook Events Page:


The crop starts this Saturday and our challenges will be card challenges - for World Card Making Day, of course! If you are not a card maker but would still like to play along don't worry, we will have a couple of bonus layout challenges, too! The crop will last until the last day of the month so you will have lots of time to play along!

Why don't you come on over and join us? Here's the link to the crop - https://www.facebook.com/events/2045140885706643/.

I would love to see what you create this month!

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

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Southern Girls Challenge - Stripes

Hello, everyone! It's time for a new challenge at Southern Girls Challenge blog. Our challenge to you is to use stripes on your projects.

Our sponsor for this challenge is the fabulous Newton's Nook Designs.


I have created a layout of Ada, looking at the toys, and dreaming of what she wants this year for her birthday and Christmas.


I came across this striped patterned paper a week or so ago when I was organizing some of my older paper. It was made by Sue Dreamer  - does anyone remember that company? - and I know it has to be from 2003 or 2004. I think I may still have some 3D type embellishments from this company somewhere stuck in my closet, too! When I came across this paper I thought it paired well with the new Simple Stories - Dream Big - collection. The colors are quite similar and they do go well together.

Since this paper is so old, I didn't have any embellishments that actually went with it, so I looked through my "Dream Big" embellishments and found a few that worked.

I added my journaling on a tag that slips behind the photos. I thought about writing directly on my layout - it would have been pretty easy to do, but in the end, I decided against it.

Head on over to the Southern Girls Challenge blog to see how the rest of the team used stripes on their projects. I hope you have some time to play along with us. I would love to see what you create!

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

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Merry & Bright - Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #284

Hello, everyone! Good Tuesday morning to you! I hope your week is off to a good start. 

Today I am sharing my take on this week's sketch at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge. This is such a great sketch and I had a lot of fun creating with it.



I have used Doodlebug Design's - Here Comes Santa Claus - 6x6 paper pad for my patterned paper on this card. The sentiment is from Fancy Pants' - Merry and Bright collection. It feels good to have another Christmas card ready to be sent out this holiday season!

I've been working on putting my older papers in color categories and it was so nice when I needed this red cardstock to just go to my red section and have it ready and waiting to be used instead of searching all over for it! I don't know if I will put my new papers into color categories - maybe after the collections are mostly used up - but it's been fun going through my old paper and discovering papers that I loved and had forgotten all about!

Be sure to stop by Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge tomorrow for the full design team reveal and last week's Top 3. I would love to see you take on this week's sketch! The deadline to enter is Sunday, October 7th.

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

Monday, October 1, 2018

Scribbles Designs Challenge #69 - Pick a Pattern - Midway Post

Hello again! I am back with my third post of the day. If you are looking for my Sketch N Scrap reveal or my Counterfeit Kit Challenge reveal and blog hop, please scroll on down.



Today is the midway point of Challenge #69 at Scribbles Designs Challenge Blog. Challenge #69 is - Pick a Pattern - choose from one of the following patterns for your main background - dots, stripes, plaids, chevrons, or diamonds.

This time around for my card, I have chosen a chevron background and used one of Scribbles Designs free digital stamps - #F 141 Holiday Tree:


I just love this cute little tree and I thought it went well with the chevron pattern. I colored the image with my Shinhan markers. The sentiment is from an old Studio G $1 bin stamp set.

Head on over to Scribbles Designs Challenge Blog to see which patterns the rest of the design team used on their cards. I would love to see your take on the challenge - why don't you join us?!

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



Counterfeit Kit Challenge October Blog Hop and Reveal


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 inspiration kit at Counterfeit Kit Challenge and it is another fun one - and a little different this month! This month we are counterfeiting a kit from The Wild Hare Kits. You can read all about them over on the Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog today. They are a very unique company - creating hand curated paper crafting kits just for you!

AND - The Wild Hare Kits owner, Alison Girling, has generously offered 10% off of a Deluxe Kit for our group with the coupon code CKC1018 at checkout!

The kit we are counterfeiting this month is the custom kit created for September's Wild Hare Kits guest designer, Mandi Holmes. You can see her short unboxing video here.

Here is a look at the papers and embellishments in the kit - Leslie has listed all of papers and embellishments on the Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog:



Here is my kit - yet to be named...


Here are the papers that I have chosen:


A few of the papers in the inspiration kit really stuck out to me - the striped paper (#7), the paper with the plus signs (#2), and the green geometric (#9) - and they are what I based my kit around.

The first paper in my kit is a striped paper similar to the one in the inspiration kit. I added in a navy paper and a pink ombre to go along with the striped paper. I also liked paper with the plus signs - it's not the same color - but it is definitely the same pattern and I liked that it gave me a new color family to work with.

I also liked the polka dots on the B side of the plus sign paper in the inspiration kit, so I included two - a grey polka dot and a brown polka dot - because, well, you can never have too many polka dots!

I didn't really have anything to match paper #3 - and really it is not my style - but I did include a paper with hearts all over it and then added another navy paper and a mint green paper to match it.

Next, I found another paper with plus signs in another color family - this one with more of the reds, yellows, and mint green. I debated whether or not to include these papers, but it's my kit and I like a variety, so in they went!

On the second row of my papers, I included a cut apart paper, a mint green with words all over it, a geometric print that reminded me of the wood chevron, a green geometric, a banner paper and a paper covered with words that reminded me of the wavy word paper (#9), a wood grain, a turquoise paper and yellow paper - just because I like them and they match the majority of papers, a dark grey pattern similar to the B side of paper #1, and finally another mint green solid.


Before it was all said and done, I added in another wood grain, another chevron type paper, and since I really liked the pop of green in the inspiration kit, I added in a couple more sheets. That's I color that I love but rarely scrap with. I also included some white and off-white cardstock, and the same paper (#8) as in the inspiration kit. I almost didn't include this one...it's really not my style and the only reason I have it is it came in the paper pad, but I went ahead and included it and thought I would challenge myself to use it this month.


For my embellishments, I have stickers, puffy stickers, and enamel hearts from Pinkfresh Studios - Let Your Heart Decide - collection, wood veneer, wood buttons, puffy stickers, and fabric flags from Pinkfresh - Boys Fort - collection, word stickers from American Crafts, and black alpha stickers from Pebbles. 


I also had the same Pinkfresh die cut pack as in the inspiration kit, and I added some washi tape, brads - in place of the sequins, and some green magic mesh - does anyone remember that stuff?

And there you have it - my kit for October - made just for me, by me! I am so excited to put this kit to work this month!

Here is the complete blog hop list. Hop on over and check out the kits from the rest of the design team. We would love to see your kit, too!

Counterfeit Kit Challenge Blog - http://counterfeitkitchallenge.blogspot.com/
Guest Designer Becca Sadler - https://beccasheartland.blogspot.com/

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