Thursday, December 13, 2018

Snow Much Fun - Scrap Our Stash Golden Globe Challenge

Hello, everyone! Happy Thursday to you! My son is home from college for Christmas break, my daughter has four more days of teaching before Christmas break, packages have been arriving almost daily...it's definitely feeling like a lot like Christmas around here!

Today I am up on the Scrap Our Stash blog sharing my layout for our December Golden Globe Stash Challenge. Our challenge. For this challenge, we are to be inspired by the following movie board and create a winter layout and use snowflake embellishments.



Here is my layout:


We were lucky enough to get a couple of inches of snow in early November - and it was the perfect snow for a snowman. A snow this early is not unheard of around here, but definitely rare! And as luck would have it, Scott was off of work that day and ready to build a snowman with Ada. She had so much fun rolling the snowball to make the body and packing the snow around each section so he wouldn't fall apart. It was definitely a memory making day!

For my layout I have used Simple Stories - Freezin Season - collection. The papers were perfect for this fun day. For my snowflake embellishments, I used stickers from the collection and punched more snowflakes from one of the patterned papers.

Here are a few close-ups of the embellishments:




Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today. Be sure to stop by the Scrap Our Stash blog for more inspiration. I would love to see your take on the challenge, too

Have a great day!

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

AHSC #294 - Thinking Of You

Hello, everyone! I was about to let the day get away without sharing my card for this week's sketch at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge.

Here is a look at this week's sketch:


And here is my take on it:


For my card I have used the - Just Be You - 6x6 paper pad from Echo Park. I changed things up a bit from the sketch. Try as I might, I could not get my card to look like right if I followed the sketch exactly - that long rectangular piece was throwing me off. Once I took it off I was much happier with my card.

I punched two tiny flowers and added them to the sentiment - in the general vicinity that they are in the sketch. I also added in 3 dots punched from one of the patterned papers and added them to the top right corner of my card.

I've said it before - that the great thing about sketches is that they're a starting point - you can change them up however you want to suit you!

Be sure to stop by Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge tomorrow to see the full design ream reveal and the Top 3 from last week. I would love it if you had a chance to play along with us this week!

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

Tuesday Morning Sketches #483

Hello and Happy Tuesday! This week is moving right along! I can't believe that Christmas is just 2 weeks away!

We have a new sketch for you today at Tuesday Morning Sketches. Melissa has created another great sketch for us to work with this week:



For my card, I have used Simple Stories - Classic Christmas - 6x6 paper pad. I fussy cut the three flowers from one of the papers in the paper pad. I added foam tape behind the flower in the middle of the bunch to give a little dimension. I also punched a few small white circles to give the look of an enamel dot without adding too much bulk.

Head on over to Tuesday Morning Sketches to see the beautiful cards from the rest of the design team. We also have a fun prize up for grabs so be sure to check it out while you're there. We would love it if you played along with us this week!

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

Monday, December 10, 2018

Use Your Stuff #340 - Inspired By A Book

Hello, everyone! Good Monday morning to you!

It's time for a new challenge today at Use Your Stuff. This week Heather is challenging us to be inspired by a book.

Since I am still trying to get all of my Christmas cards finished up, I have made one more Christmas card - being inspired by this old "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" that belongs to my hubby from when he was a kid.


For my card, I have used a free image from Scribbles Designs - #F 57 - Rudy. I just think he is the cutest little reindeer! 


I colored the image with my ShinHan markers and double matted him on die cut circles. I die cut the scalloped border and added a thin strip of gold metallic washi tape to the top of it. The reindeer embellishment is popped up on some foam tape to give it a little dimension.

Head on over to Use Your Stuff to see what books inspired the rest of the design team. We would love to see your creations, as well!

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

Friday, December 7, 2018

Sketches In Thyme PL Style #115

Hello, hello! Happy Friday to you! We have made it around to the weekend once again. Do you have anything fun planned this weekend? Earlier in the week it looked like we might get a little snow this weekend, but the system is going to be south of us and we are in the clear! We didn't make any plans because of the weather forecast so we will see what we feel like doing this weekend.

Sketches In Thyme PL Style has a new sketch posted today. Shawn has created a fun journaling card for us to work with:


I have made a card for my December Daily:


Okay, so I must admit - here it is December 7th and this is the only thing I have done in my December Daily this year. I've taken photos and written things down, but as for actually working on my album...this is it. I'm hoping that since we don't have anything planned this weekend that maybe I can work on my album.

This card was very quick and easy - all total it took me maybe 10 minutes and the majority of that time was spent making sure my letters were straight and deciding which word phrase sticker I was going to use! That is why I love having a sketch as a starting point.

The majority of my kit is this year's Elle's Studio Document December kit. I've added a few things from my stash and will try to do a blog post about it this weekend. I added a strip of one of the 6x8 papers that came in the kit to a white piece of cardstock to make my card. The cute little puffy stickers that are in the kit were the perfect embellishment.

The alphas for my title are from my stash and are probably close to 15 years old! They are from Me and My Big Ideas and I still have a couple of sheets left of them, so I am sure they will appear quite often in my December Daily this year!

If you are working on a December Daily or your Project Life album and need some inspiration, head on over to Sketches In Thyme PL Style. We have 115 sketches on the blog ready to inspire you!

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

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Scribbles Designs - Raise The Hoof - Day 6 - Cupid

Hello, everyone! It's time for Day 6 of the Scribbles Designs - Raise the Hoof - celebration!


Today we are introducing Cupid to you:


This cute little guy looks like he's not quite sure where the party's at! You can find him in the Scribbles Designs store here - #741 Cupid -
https://buyscribblesdesigns.blogspot.com/2018/12/741-cupid-300.html 


I colored Cupid with my ShinHan markers and put him front and center on my card. The sentiment is from an old Studio G $1 bin stamp set. I am so glad I am finally putting these little stamps to use! I added a piece of silver tinsel trim to make my card look a little more festive!

Now, head on over to the Scribbles Designs Challenge blog to find out today's task and how you can have a chance at winning this cute little Cupid image. Be sure to join us again tomorrow for another new image.

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

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Let's Get Sketchy

Hello, everyone! I just wanted to pop in here and pass on the information:


Let's Get Sketchy is having a design team call for the first half of 2019! If you are like me and love to work with sketches, you need to check them out. I know I rarely start a layout without a sketch and Let's Get Sketchy has great sketches on their blog.

You can find out all the information over on their blog in this blog post here.

Good luck if you decide to apply!


Sketch N Scrap Card Sketch #135

Hello, everyone! Happy Wednesday to you! We have made it halfway to the weekend and it looks like snow may be in the forecast for the weekend for us...we will see if it happens once Saturday rolls around!

Sketch N Scrap has the first card sketch of the month posted today and it is perfect if you need another Christmas card. Of course, it would be perfect for any occasion you choose! Here is a look at the sketch Heather has created for us:



I have created a Christmas card using this sketch. I pulled out some old (2006) papers from my stash that I have been hoarding because I love them so much, but I decided this was the year to put them to use!

I love this "Joy" sentiment from an older Close To My Heart stamp set (D1694 -Very Merry). It is so simple but beautiful at the same time. I will be making a point to use it more often.

The patterned papers are already "distressed" with what looks like brown ink around the edges, so I made sure to distress the sentiment piece with brown ink, too.

This card came together very quickly and this sketch will be one that I go to often.


Don't forget - our Be Merry and Bright Crop starts this Friday. Be sure to join us for lots of fun and inspiration! You can find it here -https://www.facebook.com/events/492812311203460/?active_tab=about

Be sure to stop by Sketch N Scrap to see the beautiful cards from the rest of the design team. We can't wait to see what you create!

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

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Sketch N Scrap's Be Merry & Bright Crop


Hello, hello! I thought I would pop in here really quickly and let you know that Sketch N Scrap's Be Merry & Bright Crop starts this Friday! Come on over and join the fun! https://www.facebook.com/events/492812311203460/?active_tab=about

I hope to see you there!

Tuesday Morning Sketches #482

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

Tuesday Morning Sketches has a new sketch posted today. Melissa has created another great sketch for us to work with:


I'm switching things up a bit today and taking a break from Christmas cards and sharing a birthday card. My granddaughter's 5th birthday was last Friday so I guess I was in the mood to make a birthday card for a change.


I used Carta Bella's - It's A Celebration - 6x6 paper pad for this card. The sentiment is from Jillibean Soup, I believe, and I punched out 3 tiny stars for the bottom of the sentiment. I was going to add 3 party hats like the sketch shows, but the stamp and die that I have is a little too big for the area, so I left them off.

And the ink really does match the minty green strips...the true color got lost in editing, I guess.

Now, head on over to Tuesday Morning Sketches for more inspiration from the rest of the design team. We would love to see you playing along with us this week!

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

Sunday, December 2, 2018

It's Time To Raise The Hoof - Day 2 - Dancer

Hello, everyone! Good Sunday evening to you. Scribbles Designs is having a Christmas celebration from December 1st - the 12th called "Raise the Hoof". You can read all about it over on the Scribbles Designs blog. It's sure to be a lot of fun, so be sure to check it out!

For Day 2 we are introducing Dancer:



 Here is my card:


I colored the image with colored pencils and die cut it into a circle. I matted it on a scalloped circle die cut and added a few "dots" - punched from patterned paper - around the circle. The sentiment is from an old Studio G $1 bin stamp set.  I think Dancer looks like he is ready to party!

Head on over to the Scribbles Designs blog to find out today's task and be sure to check back over there every day for the next reindeer image, task and more inspiration.

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog tonight! I hope you have a great night!

Saturday, December 1, 2018

Scribbles Designs Challenge #71 Midway Post - Reindeer Games




Hello, everyone! Happy December 1st! Can you believe that the year is almost over? Every year just seems to go by as fast, if not faster, than the last.

The first of the month means it's time for the midway post at Scribbles Designs Challenge Blog. Challenge #71 is - Reindeer Games - your project must feature a reindeer, moose, elk, or caribou as part of your main focal image.

I have created another Christmas card today:

I have used one of our freebies - #F 57 Rudy (Free). I think this little guy is so cute and you can either get the outline image or a pre-colored image for free!

I colored my cute little guy with my ShinHan markers. I also inked the edges of all of my papers. The "Holiday Hello" sentiment is from an old Studio G $1 bin stamp set. I don't do monochromatic cards too often, but I am really liking how this one turned out.

Be sure to stop by the Scribbles Designs Challenge Blog to see the fun cards from the rest of the design team. We would love it if you played along with us this month!

And before you go:


We've got something special planned from Dec. 1st to Dec. 12th to help celebrate the Holiday season. Be sure to join us later tonight at 7:00 p.m. PST over on the Scribbles Designs Challenge Blog to find out all the details for participating. Join us for your chance to win adorable new images!

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

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Southern Girls Challenge - Anything Goes

Hello, everyone! It's time for a new challenge at Southern Girls Challenge. Team Lou is up this week and the challenge is - Anything Goes!

We have two wonderful sponsors for our challenge this week:

Krafters Cart
Lacy Sunshine

I have created a layout for this week's challenge:


I have recently been going through my older paper collections that are mostly used and reorganizing them by color. When I came across these papers instead of filing them away I set them aside to make this layout. I knew I had these photos of Ada in my "to scrap" pile for quite a while and the papers were a perfect match for them.

This little onesie was one of the first outfits that we got when we found out Abby was going to have a baby. We didn't even know if she was going to have a boy or a girl at the time. We picked up a 3-6 month size thinking that since the due date was Dec. 23rd that maybe it would still fit when the weather started to get warmer.

Well, Ada decided to come 3 weeks early and was here at the end of November. She was such a petite tiny little thing weighing only 4lbs. 15 oz. We had no worries about the onesies still fitting her when the weather warmed up. In fact, she was still wearing the onesie at 10 months old which was when these photos were taken! She has been such a joy to our lives and I definitely can't get enough of her! She is something else!

Head on over to Southern Girls Challenge to see the "Anything Goes" projects from the rest of the Team Lou girls. We would love to see you play along with us!

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

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #292

Hello again! I'm popping in with one more project to share with you today.

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge posted a new sketch this week and I am sharing the card that I created for it. Here is a look at the sketch:



I have had this cute piece of patterned paper in my supplies for a couple of years or more, and have always thought that it was cute, but I never got around to using it. This year I decided I was going to use it before the holiday season was over and this week's sketch was perfect for it. It's from an American Crafts 6x6 paper pad but I have no idea which one as the cover is off of what's left of the paper pad.

I was going to add the bow like the sketch shows but it just got lost with the busyness of the patterned paper, so I decided to add some metallic gold stars to my sentiment block instead.

I'm so happy to have another Christmas card done and ready to be sent out. My plan is to have my cards for this year all ready to go by Monday, December 3rd.

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge will have the full design team reveals up on the blog tomorrow, along with last week's Top 3. Be sure to stop by and check it out.

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

Sweet Treat - Scrap Our Stash Blend A Sketch

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

Today is my day to be featured over at Scrap Our Stash with my take on this month's Blend - A - Sketch Challenge. Here are the two sketches that we are to blend this month and we also have the added challenge to use pennants/banners to our layout.


I think that these two sketches have a lot of similarities so it was pretty easy to blend them together. Here is what I came up with:


From the first sketch, I used the paper strips and photo mat and from the second sketch, I used the photo placement and a tag for my journaling.

I have used an older paper collection from Close To My Heart - Sugar Rush - for my layout. The colors and the paper with the sweet treats were perfect for these photos of Ada. I had quite a bit to say about these photos, so I added my journaling to a tag and stuck it behind the left photo. You can't tell it in the photos too well, but the tag is very light soft pink.


The story behind these photos - Ada came in one day towards the end of summer and told me she would sure like to get a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle ice cream from the ice cream truck but her Mommy never had any dollars!
So, I sent her home with $10 - more than enough for a TMNT ice cream and maybe another little something when they went to the store. As luck would have it, the ice cream truck didn't come around that weekend, but Abby and Shawn took Ada to Wendy's so she could get a Frosty. She was such a big girl going up and ordering all on her own and paying for it with her own money - it was only 50 cents so she still had lots of money left over, too! And Ada was still able to get her TMNT ice cream when the ice cream truck came by on Labor Day weekend.

Here are a couple of close-ups of the embellishments. I thought the Elle's Studio stamp that says - Life is made up of special moments like this - was perfect for these photos.



Be sure to stop by Scrap Our Stash for more design team inspiration just about every day of the week! I would love to see your take on the challenge.

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

Tuesday Morning Sketches #481

Hello, everyone! I hope your day is off to a good start. It's Tuesday and that means we have a new sketch for you at Tuesday Morning Sketches. Sketch #481 is courtesy of Melissa and it is sure to be a favorite of mine!


I am still working on Christmas cards and here is another one to add to my stash!


I used an older Close To My Heart Stamp for the tree and thought the little loopy lines on the patterned paper were a good fit for the loops on the tree. I stamped my sentiment on a piece of vellum and added it across the top of the tree. I also added a gold star to the top of the tree to finish it off.

We have a great prize for you this week. Link up your projects by Sunday at 8 PM EST for your chance to win this:


Head on over to Tuesday Morning Sketches to see the beautiful cards from the rest of the design team. I hope to see you playing along with us!

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

Monday, November 26, 2018

Use Your Stuff #338 - Week 2 - Double Trouble Collaboration

Hello, hello! Happy Monday, everyone! I hope for those of you in the U.S. that you had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday and that everyone else had a great weekend. We sure enjoyed spending time with family, eating good food, and decorating the Christmas tree.

This week at Use Your Stuff we are once again collaborating with Double Trouble Paper Crafting. This challenge runs from November 19th to December 2nd.

Here is a bit about our Double Trouble friends:

Welcome to Double Trouble - We're two retired ladies bringing you a new challenge blog where we hope you find fun and inspiration! We're not affiliated with any companies and welcome all participants. Our challenge will include Thing 1-Trouble Maker the Basic Challenge, Thing 2-Double Dare being a surprise element in which you may or may not decide to participate and Thing 3-Twisted Sister, will appear with an optional twist to the Challenge.

When you enter our challenge this week, be sure to run over to the Double Trouble Challenge blog and see what their co-coordinating challenges are!  The more aspects of the challenge you do, the more entries you will receive to win their prize!

This is our part for the challenge, we have a fun mood board to draw your inspiration from! There are lots here, pine, snowflakes, cocoa, some lovely colors, candy canes, Christmas trees and so much more!




I just love this mood board full of holiday fun! I have created a Christmas card for my project:

Supplies used - Stamps - Close To My Heart (S1809) - Just Treats Sept. Stamp of the Month, ink - Close To My Heart - Topiary, Memento - Tuxedo Black, ShinHan markers - R11 Carmine, BR116 Clay, papers from my stash.

I chose to use all three of the challenges at Double Trouble Paper Crafting - Thing 1's challenge to make a sweet treat for the holidays, Thing 2's challenge to use our mood board, and Thing 3's challenge to add some sprinkles. 

My card features a cup of yummy cocoa for a sweet treat for the holidays, from the mood board I was inspired by the colors and the drinks, and I added a strip of gold glitter paper for my sparkle.

I also used the latest sketch from Mojo Monday - Mojo Sketch #503


Be sure to stop by Use Your Stuff to see the projects from the rest of the design team and be sure to stop by Double Trouble Paper Crafting to check out their challenges. Remember - you can link up your projects at both Use Your Stuff and Double Trouble Paper Crafting!

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

Welcome to Double Trouble - We're two retired ladies bringing you a new challenge blog where we hope you find fun and inspiration! We're not affiliated with any companies and welcome all participants. Our challenge will include Thing 1-Trouble Maker the Basic Challenge, Thing 2-Double Dare being a surprise element in which you may or may not decide to participate and Thing 3-Twisted Sister, will appear with an optional twist to the Challenge.

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Tuesday Morning Sketches #480

Hello, hello! Happy Tuesday! I hope your week is off to a good start. It's a short work week around here, thanks to the Thanksgiving holiday, and I am so excited to have a few days with all of us off and spending time together.

We have a new sketch challenge for you today at Tuesday Morning Sketches, and this week's sketch was created by Debbie and it is a fun one!



I am still working on my Christmas cards and when I saw this sketch I knew I would be using this beautiful digital stamp (#0151 Silent Night Wreath) from Scribbles Designs. I just love this image and want to use it any chance I get! 

I colored the wreath with my ShinHan markers, die cut it into a circle, and then added it to a die cut scalloped circle. I then added foam tape to give it a little dimension. One more Christmas card that will be ready to be sent out.

Head on over to Tuesday Morning Sketches to see the beautiful creations from the rest of the design team. We have a fun prize being offered this week to one lucky winner, so be sure to play along with us! This is what you will be playing for:


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

Friday, November 16, 2018

Sketches In Thyme PL Style #114

Hello, hello! Happy Friday to you! We have made it round to the weekend once again and I am looking forward to it!

We have a new sketch today at Sketches In Thyme PL Style. Emma has provided a fun sketch to play with:


Here is my journaling card:


November is proving to be snowier than usual for us! It has snowed three times already this month and it's just now the middle of the month. That is definitely not normal for us! The first snow was nothing to speak of - just a dusting at best and it was gone by morning - but the snow we got on Monday was a little better. We ended up with about 2 inches and it was the perfect snow to build a snowman with. As luck would have it, Scott was off work and he and Ada headed out to build a snowman. She had so much fun and Pops did, too!

Since this week is not over yet, I don't have a full layout to share, but here are a few photos of them hard at work that will be included:


And, like I said, we have had three snows so far this month. We woke up to another couple of inches yesterday! It was enough to call off school but was mostly gone by late afternoon. Kind of crazy weather for us!

Be sure to stop by Sketches In Thyme PL Style for more inspiration.

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