Monday, November 28, 2022

Heart's Quest Challenge Blog Color Heart #10

 Hello, everyone! Happy Monday to you! I hope that you had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday and that you were able to spend some time with the ones you love. All the kids were over and we had a great day filled with delicious food and fun.

Today I am sharing the project that I created for Heart's Quest Challenge Blog Color Heart #10 - which is to use at least one green heart and at least one white heart. I have created a Christmas card all ready to be sent out this week!

For this card, I used Crate Paper's Busy Sidewalks 6x8 paper pad and sticker sheet. When I saw those cute little squirrels on the sticker sheet I knew I wanted to use them on a card for Miss Ada. To satisfy the challenge, I have added a (very dark) green heart - it looks black but it really is green - a white heart, and I threw in a red heart just to make an odd number. 

Here is a close-up of those cute little squirrels and the hearts:

I added a gold bow sticker to the top of the circle to fill in some of that empty space and the sentiment is from one of the cut-apart papers. I love how this turned out and I know Ada will love it, too.

I hope you have a chance to play along with us - I would love to see your take on the challenge, too! Remember - your project can be any format - a card, a scrapbook layout, a traveler's notebook layout, a tag, a bookmark, etc., and the deadline to enter is December 13th at 12:30 AM CST.

Be sure to head on over to the Heart's Quest Challenge Blog to read all about the challenge and to see the projects from the rest of the team.

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

Saturday, November 19, 2022

He's So Cute! - Sketch N Scrap #261

Hello, everyone! Happy Saturday to you! I hope that your weekend is off to a great start. We will be getting together later this afternoon to decorate the Christmas tree so it is going to be a busy day.

Today I am sharing the layout that I created for the mid-month sketch at Sketch N Scrap. This sketch was created by me!

I am back to working on our zoo photos from last month. I still have a couple more layouts that I would like to make from this trip, and they may even be double-page layouts. I haven't done one of those in quite a while!

I used my Lisa & Lori's Great Stash Bash kit from this month for this layout. Everything on this layout is from my kit. Having this kit all ready to go and sticking to using just what is in the kit has really sped up my process this month. The only full sheets of paper that are left from my kit are the tag paper and journaling box paper. We'll see if I can get another layout made from just the scraps!

Here are a couple of close-ups:

I used my blender tool and green ink to add a little color behind the view master reel die. It was blending into the background and I felt like it needed something to help it stand out a bit more. I layered a few stickers and die-cut pieces on top, and I couldn't resist the "don't touch the glass" phrase sticker since they were indeed tapping the glass to get the monkey's attention.

I had a little extra room above my journaling and although it would have looked fine if I left it alone, I went ahead and added a die-cut piece and a couple of brads above the journaling. 

Be sure to check out Sketch N Scrap for more inspiration using the sketch. I would love to see your take on the sketch, too!

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

Monday, November 14, 2022

Heart's Quest Challenge Blog Love Theme #9 - Love and Candy

Hello, everyone! Happy Monday to you! I hope that you had a good weekend and that you are ready for the new week. Hubby is off today and I'm not sure what our plans are just yet. Maybe we'll head out and do some shopping, or maybe we'll just stay home and do whatever!

Today I am sharing the project that I created for Heart's Quest Challenge Blog - Love Theme #9. For this challenge, you must use the word 'love' on your project and this time we need to see some candy! Since I have been working on a few Christmas cards and candy canes and peppermints were the first things that popped into my mind and this is what I came up with:

To satisfy the candy theme,  I have Santa holding a candy cane and the candy cane paper. I used the word 'love' in my sentiment - which I just typed up on my computer and printed it out. These papers are from an old Doodlebug Designs 6x6 paper pad - Here Comes Santa Claus (2016) that I have been hoarding for ages! I'm pretty sure I bought 3 or 4 of these paper pads when they first came out and I am down to mostly scraps. I guess I'd better be looking to see if I love this year's collection as much as this one. I think it's time to look for something new!

This card came together really quickly. I debated on whether to use the diagonal stripes because it kind of makes your eyes crazy, but I didn't really like anything else that I put with it, so crazy diagonal stripes it is! I added foam tape to the sentiment and to the piece for a bit of dimension. 

Be sure to stop by Heart's Quest Challenge Blog for more inspiration and for all of the details of the challenge. I hope you have some time to play along with us!

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

Wednesday, November 9, 2022

Sketch N Scrap Card Sketch #229

 Hello, hello! Happy Wednesday to you! I hope you are having a great day. The weather today is beautiful with lots of sunshine and temps close to 80 degrees. I'd better enjoy it today and tomorrow because then a cold front moves in and our highs on Friday - and for the foreseeable future - are in the 40s. That will make it feel like the holidays are almost here!

Today I am sharing a card that I created using Sketch N Scrap's November 5th sketch - courtesy of Lisa. Here is a look at the sketch:

And this is the card that I created:

I made this card with Ada in mind. She loves squirrels and navy, pink, and purple are her favorite colors. I tried to make this card with navy as the main color - since that is her number one - but I just didn't like how it turned out, so I went with more of the pinks with a touch of navy. 

For this card, I used Dear Lizzy's 6x8 paper pad and a scrap piece of navy cardstock. I really wish I had gotten more of this collection when it was out. I really love the colors and the patterns.I would love to have that heart paper in a 12x12! I found this squirrel sticker in a pack of dimensional stickers at Dollar Tree. I didn't want to take the time to find a stamp set that would fit in the area that I had for the sentiment so I just used some American Crafts alpha stickers. I think they look just as cute as a stamped sentiment would have. 

Be sure to check out Sketch N Scrap for more inspiration.

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

Sunday, November 6, 2022

Hello, Friend - Lasting Memoiries #624 - 2 Photo Sketch

Hello, everyone! Happy Sunday to you! I hope you are having a good weekend. It has been a quiet weekend around here, which has allowed me to spend some time in my craft room. 

Today I am sharing the layout that I created for this week's Lasting Memories challenge. For November, Lori K is providing the challenges, and she has chosen sketches for us to use each week. She has chosen an Allison Davis sketch for this week's challenge:

Here is the link to the sketch on Pinterest -

I am scrapping more pictures from our zoo trip last month - and I used more of my Lisa & Lori's Great Stash Bash kit for this month! The only things that were not in my kit were the background paper and the alpha stickers, other than that, I used scraps from my first layout and the 6x8 paper pad.

I die-cut and punched out a ton of hearts and managed to use almost all of them on this layout. I do have a few of the paper strips and a few hearts left over that I hope I can get used on another layout before the end of the month so I don't have to add them to my scraps.

The story behind the photos - Ada was so excited when she saw a commercial for the zoo and on the commercial, they showed an alpaca in the petting zoo. She said, "They have a llama at the zoo! I'll get to pet a llama!" We told her we thought it was an alpaca and she said, "I know, but that's close enough!" When we made it over to the petting zoo the cute little alpaca came right over to Ada and she was able to love on it all she wanted.

Here are a couple of close-ups:

I may have to go in and change the color of the alpha stickers for 'hello' on the layout. It really shows up better in person but it does blend into that dark strip of paper.

This label was in one of the die-cut packs. It was made to look like it was layered on a piece of striped paper. The look of the stripes on top of that lined background was just way too busy for me, so I cut off the striped paper and just used the red label. 

I am so glad that I got more of our zoo photos scrapped and that I used more of my stash bash kit! Maybe, just maybe, I will be successful at getting all of the zoo photos scrapped and using up my stash bash kit this month!

Head on over to Lasting Memories to see how the rest of the design team took on this sketch. Their layouts are all fantastic!

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

Friday, November 4, 2022

Let's Go On An Adventure - Sketch N Scrap's Sketch #260

Hello, everyone! Happy Friday to you! I hope that you have had a good week and that you are looking forward to the weekend. We don't have any plans so far but that can always change. No plans just mean that I will be spending time in my scrap room! That sounds like a good plan to me!

Today I am sharing the layout that I created using Sketch N Scrap's November 1st sketch. Here is a look at the sketch:

I love a good multi-photo sketch! This is what I came up with:

For this layout, I have used my Lisa & Lori's Great Stash Bash November kit which is made up completely of Simple Stories' Into the Wild collection. I have big plans of using up the majority of my kit this month so you will be seeing a few zoo layouts! We took Shane and Ada to the zoo a couple of weeks ago and had so much fun. I think that is the first time we have gone in the fall and we got to see quite a few animals that we normally don't get to see when we go in the summer because it is too hot.  

I bought the Into the Wild collection when it first came out back in the summer and I decided to scrap the photos while the memories are still fresh in my mind. I do think that I am going to make a companion page for this layout and turn it into a double page. That means I may have to order another sheet or two of paper to finish it out. I'm going to try to make it work with my scraps, but I am just not sure I can do it with what I have left. 

Here are a couple of close-ups:

For now, the 3x4 card that says "let's go on an adventure" is serving as my title. Once I make the companion page I will see if it needs more of a title or if this will suffice.

I popped up the cute little iguana on some foam tape for a little dimension and kept this cluster to a minimum. Having the busier patterned paper behind that area tended to make things disappear.

The only thing wrong with this collection is the majority of the animals face the same way. That makes it a little difficult to add them to both sides of the layout without some of them looking off the page. That may not bug anyone else but it bugs me! I think this cluster turned out alright!

Stay tuned for more zoo layouts this month! The pictures I took that day were not the greatest but they are getting scrapped anyway!

Be sure to check out Sketch N Scrap for more inspiration using this sketch. 

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

Tuesday, November 1, 2022

Lisa & Lori's Great Stash Bash November Kit Reveal

Hello, everyone! Happy Tuesday and Happy November 1st! How can it possibly be November already?! It doesn't seem possible that 2023 is just a couple of months away. Since it is the start of a new month, that means it is time for another round of Lisa & Lori's Great Stash Bash!

Before I get to my November kits, I'll give a recap of what I got done with my October kit. I had a total of three kits last month - a fall kit, a Halloween kit, and an everyday sort of kit. I managed two traveler's notebook layouts and a card out of my fall kit and that was it. I did use 3 or 4 of the full 12x12 papers so that was good, I just didn't do great with the rest of it. I'll keep my October kit out by my desk for a while, just in case I can put it to use.

Now for November's kit! For those who may not know about the challenge here is how Lisa & Lori's Great Stash Bash works:

On the 1st of each month, we will post a challenge prompt and the stash kit we have created using 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 there is no monthly prize - but isn't the real prize using up our stash?  We hope you will join us in our quest to bash our stash! If you 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!

Here is the "recipe" for November:


I've got a lot going on in the next couple of months with another commissioned album to finish up, and I really want to make a Thankful 30, and I really would like to work on my Christmas album for Ada, and then, of course, the holidays...and here lately I have really been liking to work with a collection - they just make it quick and easy - so I kind of cheated and made it easy on myself and pulled all of my papers and embellishments from a collection that I have been itching to use! Here is my November kit:

I am using Simple Stories' Into the Wild collection for my kit this month. We took Shane and Ada to the zoo a couple of weeks ago and although the photos that I took weren't the greatest, I still want to get them scrapped.
 I picked out seven of the patterned papers from the collection and added a woodgrain paper and two pieces of cardstock. 

Here is a look at the papers:

I really have this split into two layout kits. I plan to use the papers in the front on one layout and the papers in the back on another one and I have plans to use the front and back of a couple of the papers so I should keep my scraps to a minimum.

Here is a look at the embellishments:

I have included the sticker sheet, ephemera, brads, foam stickers, puffy stickers, the 6x8 paper pad, a couple of scraps, and our focus item - washi tape. 

I didn't have a lot in my scraps that matched the colors in this collection so I opted to include the 6x8 paper pad.

I am so excited to put this kit to use! I even took the time to print out all of the photos that I want to use for this project so I have no excuse for not getting this kit used up this month!

Be sure to stop by Lisa's blog to see the beautiful kit that she has pulled together for this month. 

This is a just-for-fun challenge, but if you do play along and put together your own stash bash kit - add it to the linky below and we will be sure to check it out and cheer you on! 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, and link it below.
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 - #lisaandlorisgreatstashbash2022

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