Monday, June 18, 2018

Counterfeit Kit Challenge - Midsummer Madness

Hello, everyone! Is it already Monday? The weekend went by way too fast, but it sure was a fun one!

Counterfeit Kit Challenge has their second challenge of the month posted today. We want you to celebrate the summer solstice with your project. What's your favorite summer activity? What's your favorite part of summer? Share it with us!


Our favorite summertime activity is swimming in the pool! We got a new pool last summer and since then we spend every possible minute in it! We discovered that Ada is quite the little fish and the rest of the kiddos just like being able to swim whenever they want. It is the perfect way to spend a hot summer day!

Stop by the Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog to see how the other design team members celebrate the summer solstice. We would love to see your take on the challenge!

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

Sunday, June 17, 2018

LM #400 - Stash Busting- Rub Ons

Hello, hello! Good Sunday morning and Happy Father's Day to all of the Dad's out there!

There is a new challenge at Lasting Memories today and I - finally - am having a chance to play along!

The theme for June is "Stash Busting" and this week we want you to pull out those rub-ons and put them to use on your layout.

I don't have a lot of rub-ons in my stash, but I did purchase the Pink Paislee's Paige Evans' - Pick Me Up - collection earlier this year and I just happened to get the pack of rub-ons. That made the decision of what layout to make a really easy one!

I bought this collection for the simple fact that Ada has a navy shirt with red, pink, and orange flowers, and gold lettering on it just like the background paper that I have used on this layout. You can't see the shirt too well in the photo, but I do have more pictures of her in that shirt to scrap.


I took this photo of Ada waiting in the car for her Mom to finish work. She was looking so stinkin' cute and I couldn't resist another photo. There's actually more story to this photo - Ada really wasn't feeling well that day - but I just wanted to concentrate on how cute she looked. I'll cover the story of her not feeling well in my PL album.

Here are a couple of close-ups of the rub-ons that I used:



The red, pink, and yellow rub-ons I had to cut apart and put together the way that I wanted them to fit together on the circle. The little pink flowers on the other circle were all separate that I clustered together. Sometimes rub-ons can be a pain to work with, but these Paige Evans ones were a dream to put on!

Head on over to Lasting Memories to see the beautiful layouts from the rest of the design team. I hope to see you playing along with us this week!

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


Saturday, June 16, 2018

HIMCR #357 - Buttons & Bows

Hello, hello! Happy Saturday! Do you have any plans for this Father's Day weekend? I know Abby and her family are coming over tomorrow for a bar-be-que and some swimming - as long as the weather cooperates.

Hiding In My Craft Room's latest challenge is up on the blog today. This week's challenge is "Buttons & Bows". Let's see some buttons and bows on your projects.

Our sponsor this week is Graciellie Design and the giveaway is $10 to their store.

 I had the pleasure of working with the "Butterflies" digital stamp set. This is a great set with three different sentiments and two different butterflies. I know I will be using it again soon.


I used Heidi Swapp's "Dreamy" 6x6 paper pad for this card and I actually used up what was left of that baker's twine that has been in my stash for years!

For the butterfly, I used Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Mermaid Lagoon, stamped the ink onto a clear acrylic block and used my water brush to transfer the ink onto the image. I love the look that this technique gives.

Head on over to Hiding In My Craft Room to see the beautiful cards from the rest of the design team. We can't wait to see your button & bow creations!

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



Friday, June 15, 2018

So, this just happened...



I am so super excited to finally be able to tell y'all that I am on the Scrap Our Stash Design Team for the July - December 2018 term! You can read all about the new design team here. I have been a fan of Scrap Our Stash for many years now and it is a true honor to be on their team.

Scrap Our Stash has two super fun and unique challenges each month and I am looking forward to bringing you inspiration for both of them. I do hope you will play along, too! My days to be featured on the blog are the 13th and the 27th, so be on the lookout!

Thanks so much for stopping by today and letting me share my good news! Have a great day!


Scribbles Designs Challenge #66 - Anything Goes

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 Scribbles Designs Challenge Blog. For the first time ever Scribbles Designs is having an "Anything Goes" challenge! That's right, your project can be absolutely anything, and since I need to get my Christmas card stash built up, I have created a Christmas card.




For my card, I have used #0151 Silent Night Wreath. I love, love, love this image! The first time I saw it in the store I knew I would be getting it and using it over and over again! Be prepared to see several Christmas cards using this image over the next couple of months.

I wanted to keep my card clean and simple so the image would stand out and I love how this turned out. I colored the image with colored pencils. I added a doodled frame around the edges of all of the papers to finish it off.

I am also entering this card in the 12 Months of Christmas Link Up. I think I need to be playing along with their challenges more! Their challenges are always "Anything Goes" as long as it's a Christmas card, of course, but then they throw in an optional challenge, too. This month their optional challenge is "Make It Masculine". I think this card is versatile enough that it fits that theme.

Head on over to Scribbles Designs Challenge Blog to see the beautiful projects from the rest of the design team, and check out 12 Months of Christmas Link Up. I know I will be joining in more of their challenges to keep me motivated to get my Christmas cards done!

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



Sketch N Scrap #155 - Hello Summer

Hello, everyone! Happy Friday to you!

It's the middle of the month and that means it's time for a new sketch at Sketch N Scrap! Heather has created a great sketch for us to work with. It is always great to find a two-photo sketch featuring a landscape and a portrait photo.



Ah - the first swimming photos of the summer! Ada, once again, loves the water and can spend all day in the pool. The pool is the most fun when Pops and Uncle Matt are swimming with her...from the photos I wonder why!!

For my layout, I have used Echo Park's - Summer Dreams - papers and most of the embellishments are from Simple Stories - Summer Vibes - collection. 

Here is a close-up of the embellishments:


I didn't add any personal journaling on this layout. I have more pictures that will tell the story in an upcoming layout.

For my title, I used two of the 4x6 transparencies from the Summer Vibes collection layered together. It's a little hard to see it in the photo above, but it really is easier to read in person. Here is a close-up of it where you can see it a little better:


Head on over to Sketch N Scrap to see the layouts from the rest of the design team. We would love to see your take on this sketch!

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

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #268

Hello, hello! I hope that you are having a good day! Today is my birthday and I have a feeling it's going to be a pretty great day! We woke up to some much needed rain this morning, Abby and Ada are coming over for a visit...it's shaping up to be a pretty great day!


Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge latest sketch has been posted over on the blog and I am here to share my take on it today.


I admit it - I have trouble with these types of sketches where it looks like you are supposed to stamp directly on the background - but I have to remember that a sketch is a starting off point and to not take it too literally - which is how I like to take them! So, here is what I came up with and I will also tell my reasoning behind it!



I am working on getting a start on my Christmas cards and sometimes, when I'm not feeling any other type of card, Christmas cards are easy for me to make!

Now, when I look at the sketch the first thing I notice is that the focal point is to the left side and in a semi-circle shape, so I die cut a circle shape and added it to the left side of my card. I didn't have any images that really fit the main focal spot, so I decided to add my sentiment there instead. All in all, I like the way this turned out and I think you can see where I got the inspiration from the sketch.

For this card, I have used the "Beary Christmas" collection from Close To My Heart. The sentiment is from KaiserCraft's "Mistletoe" stamp set. I added five silver glitter stars below the sentiment, which are a little hard to see in the photo, so here is a close-up:


Be sure to stop by Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge tomorrow for the full design team reveal and last week's Top 3. I hope to see you playing along this week - I would love to see your take on this sketch!

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

Monday, June 11, 2018

Use Your Stuff #316 - Magical

Hello, everyone! Happy Monday to you! Are you ready for the new week?

Use Your Stuff has a new challenge posted today. This week our challenge is "Magical". Create a "magical" project - this can be Disney themed, Harry Potter, wizards, unicorns, mermaids...whatever is magical to you.

I have used a super cute little unicorn on my card today:


This little guy just makes me smile! I have used papers and a stamp from an older Close To My Heart collection - Little Dreamer. I stamped the banner in the darker lagoon ink and the sentiment in the lighter glacier ink. I think I should have stuck with the darker ink for both - the sentiment is a little hard to see in the photo,  but in person, it's not so bad.

I cleaned my scrap room this weekend and found these turquoise colored star sequins and they were a perfect match for this card.

What's magical to you? We would love to see your creations this week. Head on over to Use Your Stuff to see the projects from the rest of the design team.

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

Saturday, June 9, 2018

HIMCR #356 - Super Scraps Saturday

Hello and Happy Saturday! I hope that your weekend is off to a good start!

Hiding In My Craft Room has my favorite challenge today - Super Scraps Saturday - use up those scraps on your project. Goodness knows I have a lot of scraps to get used up!

This week our sponsor is Ike's Art and the giveaway is a $15 gift certificate to their store.

Ike's Art also gave the design team a few images to work with and I chose the "Blossom" digital image. 

The blue paper is a scrap that I had included in my June Counterfeit Kit Challenge, which you can read about here, and the pink was a scrap from my 6x6 paper scrap bin.

I embossed the blue paper with my large dot embossing folder and then "sanded" it just a little with my old Making Memories sanding block. I colored the image with colored pencils and then die cut it into the oval shape.

Once again I left off my sentiment, for the time being, because I think this card could be used for a range of things - birthday, thinking of you, sympathy. The sentiment can easily be added to the front or the inside of the card.

Head on over to Hiding In My Craft Room to see the beautiful projects from the rest of the design team. We would love to see your projects made from scraps.

Be sure to check our Ike's Art, too. They have a great variety of digital stamps in their store.

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

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Sketch N Scrap Card Sketch #123

Hello, hello! Happy Tuesday to you! Are you ready for a fun card sketch? Sketch N Scrap has the first card sketch of the month posted and I really like it!

Here is the sketch, courtesy of Heather:



I have not been doing so well this year with making a Christmas card here and there, so I thought it was time to get started on them! For this card, I have used the Fancy Pants - Merry and Bright 6x6 paper pad. I know one thing - this year when the Christmas collections come out I am going to need to replenish my stash!

The stamp and sentiment are from the - Fir Real - stamp set from Ink Road Stamps. This is such a fun stamp set with lots of fun tree images and lots of great sentiments. I added a gold glitter star to the top of the tree and a few around the sentiment. A quick and easy card all ready to be sent out this holiday season.

Stop by Sketch N Scrap to see the beautiful cards from the rest of the design team. We would love to see what you create with this sketch!

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

Monday, June 4, 2018

Counterfeit Kit Challenge - Forgeries on the Fourth



Hello, everyone! Good Monday morning to you! I hope that you had a good weekend. We got a break from the heat that we had been having and enjoyed a beautiful - low humidity - day yesterday. It was nice to open the windows back up and give the air conditioner a break!

It's the 4th of the month and that means it's time for some forgeries at Counterfeit Kit Challenge. Here's a reminder of what the inspiration kit looks like:



When I saw the Wild At Heart - Stand Out - stickers in the main kit I knew I would be counterfeiting those first thing! Also, in the May Project Life kit, there was a sheet of stickers with a variety of banners on it, so I pulled out my dies and went to work. Here is a look at what I came up with:


To make the counterfeit stand outs I used my pinked circle die set from Paper Smooches and a 1-inch circle punch. I die cut a variety of colors and patterns, added a little foam tape for dimension, and then added some words that I printed off of the computer and some die cut hearts.


I always seem to be out of gold glitter paper, but I have quite a bit of gold glitter washi in my stash. To make the gold hearts I put two pieces of the gold washi side by side and then die cut the heart shape.


Here's a better look at the banners:


Of course, it would be just as easy to cut the straight banners by hand, too.

How about you? Do you see anything in the kit to counterfeit? We would love to see what you create, so be sure to link up with us on the Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog or in the Counterfeit Kit Community Facebook Group.

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


Saturday, June 2, 2018

HIMCR #355 - Use 4 Colors

Happy Saturday! I hope you are having a good weekend so far! It is another hot one around here and I am lovin' it!

Hiding In My Craft Room's first challenge for June is up today and it is to use four different colors on your project.



Our sponsor for this challenge is Oddball Art Stamps and the giveaway is two images from their store. This week I got to work with the Kawaii Cute Call Me A Unicorn Image No. 228.


I colored the image with colored pencils and I had to add a bit of Wink of Stella to the unicorn horn, the bottom of the narwhal, and the cloud. 

I went with a square card this week, something I don't do very often. I color blocked the background with the four colors that I chose for my card. Once I decided on the colors this card came together really quickly.

Head on over to Hiding In My Craft Room to see the projects from the rest of the design team. We would love it if you played along this week!

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

Friday, June 1, 2018

Scribbles Designs Challenge #65 - Midway - Make It Masculine

Hi, guys! I am back with my fourth post of the day! If you are looking for the Counterfeit Kit Challenge Blog Hop, my Sketch N Scrap reveal, or my Sketches In Thyme PL Style reveal, please scroll on down.



We are at the midway point of Challenge #65 - Make It Masculine - at Scribbles Designs. We want to see your masculine cards - use blues, greens, browns, stripes, plaids, etc. - just make it masculine.

I'm not sure how "masculine" my card actually looks...but I tried to put a masculine spin on an anniversary card. 


For my card, I have used a free image from the Scribbles store - #F 10 - Light Bulb (free).

I printed off the light bulb, created a circle mask with a piece of cardstock and a circle die and sponged some distress in around the light bulb to create the "glow". I also used my distress inks and a watercolor pen to color in the base of the bulb. I printed the sentiment on a piece of vellum and stapled it to the circle, and then I also printed "Happy Anniversary" and cut it into a banner piece for the bottom of my card.

This light bulb paper from Shimelle's - True Stories - 6x6 paper pad was the perfect backdrop for this image.

I think this is a fun alternative to the hearts and flowers anniversary cards that you usually find! What do you think?

Head on over to Scribbles Designs Challenge Blog to see more inspiration for masculine cards. We would love to see your take on the challenge, too!

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

Sketches In Thyme PL Style Sketch #103

Hello again! This is my third post of the day. If you are looking for the Counterfeit Kit Challenge Blog Hop or my Sketch N Scrap reveal, please scroll on down.

Sketches In Thyme PL Style has the first sketch for June posted today and I actually have my card and my layout to share with you! Here is a look at the sketch that Shawn created for us:


One of my goals this summer is to make an effort to get Ada's first-year album (mostly!) completed, so I have made a layout for her album about her first swimsuit. First, here is the card that I created with the sketch:


I knew I would be adding my journaling on another card so that gave me the space to use a bigger embellishment. I also added a sticker and a puffy heart to the left photo.

Here is the completed layout:


I have used my June Counterfeit Kit once again! Here we are on the first day of the month and I already have two projects made with it! This time I pulled out the 6x6 paper pad that I had added to my "add-on" kit and a few of the summer themed die cuts that I had added to my kit. You can read more about my kit here.

Here is a look at the other two cards




I have a photo of Matthew helping Ada stand up where you can see her swimsuit a little better, but it's a little blurry. I plan on getting a pack of flip pockets and adding that photo behind the above photo. 

We would love to see what you create with this sketch. Head on over to Sketches In Thyme PL Style and check it out!

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

Sketch N Scrap #154 - Fair Fun

Hello again! I am back with my second post of the day. If you are looking for the Counterfeit Kit Challenge Blog Hop, please scroll down or go here.

We have the first sketch of the month up at Sketch N Scrap today. I love the three-photo sketch that Lisa has created for us to use:



I pulled out these photos of Ada at the fair last year. They aren't the best quality, but about as good as you can get when you're on an amusement park ride, and they aren't quite as dark in person as they are in the photo.

I'm getting off to a good start with using my Counterfeit Kit for June already! You can read all about it here. The striped paper and the green dot paper are from my "add-on" kit and that pink piece of paper has been hanging out in my stash since 2002! I am so happy to finally put it to use - or at least a part of it! 

I used Echo Park's - Summer Dreams - sticker sheet for my embellishments. The colors in it were a pretty good match to the Dear Lizzy - Happy Place - papers. That's the one thing I love about having a kit already put together - it just makes scrapping go so much quicker. Everything is already within arms reach and there's no searching for embellishments or paper - which for me can take a bit of time!

Here's a couple of close-ups of my embellishment clusters. I decided to put my star punch to work and scatter the stars about instead of using something like enamel dots, and I love the results. 



Be sure to head on over to Sketch N Scrap to see the beautiful creations from the rest of the design team. I can't wait to see what you create with this sketch!

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

Counterfeit Kit Challenge June Kit Reveal and Blog Hop

Hello and welcome to the Counterfeit Kit Challenge June Reveal and Blog Hop! Can you believe that it is already June 1st? This year is going by fast!


Counterfeit Kit Challenge is revealing the June inspiration kit today and it is a fun one to counterfeit! Lisa has chosen our inspiration kit for this month and it is the May Hip Kit Club Kit which you can find here. You can find all the details about this kit on the Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog.

Here is a look at the inspiration kit:


Here is my kit - Hello Summer:


I just love the colors in the inspiration kit - pinks, teal, blues, green, and a little bit of yellow - such a fun kit for summer - these colors are what inspired me the most. I was also drawn to the scalloped paper in the inspiration kit and the bird paper, too. In fact, once I started pulling papers I couldn't stop! At one time I had almost 50 papers pulled. I didn't want to go that big, so I started going back through until I got my kit down to a more manageable size. 

Here is a look at the papers I have picked:


Since the scalloped paper in the inspiration kit was what I was most drawn to, I picked the multi-colored scalloped paper from Maggie Holmes' Bloom collection to base my kit on. 

I have a few different shades of pink and one of the pinks that I pulled is from 2002! I decided it was time to try and pull in some older papers to get them used. I also had the two Pinkfresh Studios papers that were in the inspiration kit, so I added them to mine as well. I was surprised to find two different bird papers in my stash and I couldn't decide which I liked more, so I added them both. I don't know that I will get them both used, but here's hoping!


For my embellishments, I pulled several different die cuts in the colors of my kit. I also added the stamp set that is in one of the Hip Kit add-on kits and a die cut paper that I would like to try to use. I also added in the Echo Park Summer Dreams 6x6 paper pad, but it somehow got left out of the photo.


I went a little crazy with alphas this time around, but I wanted a good variety at my fingertips. I also have a couple of summer themed sticker sheets that I hope I can put to use.


I also added some of the Thicker word stickers to my kit.

Now, like I said before, I originally pulled a ton of papers for this kit. When I had gone back through and taken out some of the papers I found I still wanted to include some of them. I guess you can say I made my own add-on kit because I just couldn't part with these:


These papers are almost all from the Dear Lizzy Happy Place collection. I loved the sunglasses paper and there's a paper that reminded me of the pink and yellow color block paper in the inspiration kit. I also found a sheet of cactus paper and since there is a cactus die cut in the ephemera pack...I had to add that paper, too. I've also included some summer themed die cuts and the Echo Park Summer Fun 6x6 paper pad. 

This add-on kit has a more playful feel to it.

And, I couldn't stop there! I had also pulled these papers from Pinkfresh Studios, so I made a page kit!


I am excited to work with this kit and can't wait to see what all I can create with these goodies! It should keep me busy in June and most of the summer, too!

Here is the complete list of the blog hop. Be sure to stop by each of the design team members blogs to see their kits:

Counterfeit Kit Challenge Blog - http://counterfeitkitchallenge.blogspot.com/
Guest Designer - Alice - http://scrapbookwonderland.com/

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