Wednesday, June 28, 2023

Sketch N Scrap Card Sketch #244

Hello, everyone! Happy Wednesday to you! I hope that you are having a good week. I can't believe that June is almost over! Summer has just started and it already feels like it is going way too fast! 

It feels like it's been forever since I have posted anything here on my blog. I wish I could say I have been busy scrapping, but I've not even been busy with that. I have been going through my papers and collections and getting them better organized, and I have put away a lot of things that have been piling up in my room. I took everything out of my scrap room closet and did a bit of a reorganization with it and part of my room. I even finished up a few project life layouts that just needed journaling. I have been planning out layouts and traveler's notebook layouts, I just haven't had the time or motivation to actually scrap. I am hoping that once I get my kit pulled for next month's Lisa & Lori's Great Stash Bash that the motivation to get back to scrapping will kick in!

Anyway, today I am sharing the card that I created for Sketch N Scrap's June 20th sketch. This sketch was created by me and this is what it looks like:

I am keeping this sketch out on my desk because I have so many ideas for it! Birthday cards using party hats or balloons, fall cards with leaves or pumpkins, Christmas cards with Christmas trees, love cards with many ideas! Here is what I came up with this time around:

For this card, I used scraps from this month's Lisa & Lori's Great Stash Bash kit. I used some of the washi tape that I included in my kit in place of the paper and I die cut the sentiment with a metal die set and I ran the words through my Cuttlebug three times to make them look like chipboard. I added three wood veneer flowers and a few enamel dots to finish it out.

This card came together really quickly and I can't wait to use this sketch again!

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

Friday, June 16, 2023

The Good Stuff - Sketch N Scrap #275

 Happy Friday! I hope you have had a good week and that you are ready for the weekend! It has been a very busy week around here and I am hoping that the weekend will bring some slower days for us!

Today I am sharing the layout that I made for Sketch N Scrap's June 15th sketch. Here is a look at the sketch that I made for us to use:

These photos are of Ada on one of our "Girl's Day" earlier this year. She is following in her Momma's footsteps and loves to read, and if you can get a "coffee" to go along with her book, even better! She read her book the whole time we were in Springfield and had it finished by the time we got home. She is just like me in that regard - once I start a book, I can't put it down until it's done! Hence why I don't read very often!

I used my Lisa & Lori's Great Stash Bash mini-kit #2 for this layout. I even managed to get a few items from my bashket on this layout! I am hoping to use some of the scraps that I have left on a traveler's notebook layout before the end of the month.

Here are a couple of close-ups:

The alpha stickers are the only things that were not included in my kit or in my bashket. I wanted something that would work with the acrylic brackets that I had included in my kit. 

I used lots of stickers in this cluster. I knew I wanted to use the 'coffee and a good book' puffy sticker on this layout because that phrase was said many times on our girl's day. I added a yellow mat to the sticker with the stack of books to help it stand out a bit more. 

The metal scalloped circle and the flower brads were included in my bashket - and so were the word/phrase stickers. I used six of the flower brads - which was half of what was in the pack - on this layout. I wish there was a date on the package because I would love to know how long they've been hanging out in my scrap room! I am so happy to get at least some of them on a layout! I added a puffy sticker to the middle of the scalloped circle to finish it off. I love how this little cluster turned out.

And this morning was a bit bittersweet. Abby and I ran to Springfield to pick up a few things and I was able to stop by Tuesday Morning one last time before they close for good. The windows were full of going out of business signs and the store is starting to really empty out.

Everything was 50% off and I was surprised to see the scrapbook aisle still had quite a bit of stuff. At least more than I was expecting.

I truly did not "need" anything, but I couldn't leave there without getting a few things! Here is my last Tuesday Morning haul:

Lots (like 12 packs) of ephemera/die-cut packs, chipboard stickers and frames, a sticker book from Simple Stories' Into the Wild collection (for $2.25!), a couple of stamp sets, a ticket metal die, a set of washi tape, a few notebooks, and a Simple Stories paper kit. Not bad for my last haul! I am so sad to see them go - they took a lot of my money over the years - but I am so glad I got to shop one last time with them.

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

Tuesday, June 13, 2023

Sketch N Scrap Card Sketch #243

Hello, everyone! Happy Tuesday to you! I hope that you are having a good week so far. The week has started off very cool for June with high temps in the upper 60s and low 70s but that is supposed to change by the weekend and next week when mid-90s are in the forecast. I will enjoy these cooler days when I can have the windows open and enjoy the fresh air and then be ready to hit the pool when it turns hot!

Today I am sharing the card that I created for Sketch N Scrap's June 5th sketch. Here is the great sketch that Lisa created for us to use:

For my card, I have used the Simple Stories Full Bloom collection. There is just something about this collection that I am drawn to right now. I just cannot seem to get enough of it. I used the 6x8 paper pad and a couple of the tags from the tag cut-apart paper for my card and it came together so quickly! I added a couple of floral stickers from the sticker book and popped them up on some foam tape for a little something extra. Instead of adding enamel dots to the bottom of the card, I added three little orange gems to one of the tags. I rarely use gems anymore and I have a ton of them in my stash. I think I see them as a bashket item in the future!

Be sure to check out the Sketch N Scrap blog and the Sketch N Scrap Facebook page for more design team inspiration for our sketches. 

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

Sunday, June 4, 2023

You Look Totally Flamazing - Sketch N Scrap #274

 Hello, hello! Happy Sunday to you! I hope that you are having a good weekend so far. We are having a great weekend - it is just going by way too fast!

Today I am sharing the layout that I made using the June 1st sketch from Sketch N Scrap. Here is a look at the fun sketch that Lisa created to get us started:

And this is what I created:

For this layout, I used my Lisa & Lori's Great Stash Bash June Kit - Mini-kit #1. Everything but the title alphas, the tab, the chipboard camera, and the date sticker came from my mini-kit, and out of those items, the tab, the chipboard camera, and the date sticker were all in my bashket. 

The photos are of Ada on Mother's Day this year. I had picked up a few different pairs of these sunglasses from Dollar Tree - just for the sole purpose of taking some fun photos of Miss Ada, and whoever else wanted to put them on. She was a willing subject - all ready to ham it up for the camera. When she saw the photos she said she didn't like her smile in them, but I think it's perfect!

Here are a couple of close-ups:

These flamingo die-cuts are the cutest and I am so happy to have them on a layout! I added one of the acrylic hearts that I put in my kit and a couple of enamel dots to finish out the cluster. I did have to switch out the doilies that I had put in my kit - they were a bit big for the area - but the smaller size fit perfectly.

I managed to find a few phrases from the sticker sheet that I had included in my kit to add to my layout. It was a summer-themed sticker sheet, but it did have a few "generic" phrases that went with my layout.

Slowly, but surely, I am using some of the items in my bashket. I just need to make sure that I am checking it any time that I make a layout or card. 

Be sure to check out the Sketch NScrap blog for more inspiration using this month's sketches. I hope you have some time to play along with us!

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

Thursday, June 1, 2023

Lisa & Lori's Great Stash Bash June Kit

Hello, hello! Can you believe that it is already time for Lisa & Lori's Great Stash Bash kit reveal for June?! How can it be June already? The year is almost half over and that just doesn't seem possible! 

Before I get to this month's kit, I wanted to let you know that I am so happy with how much of my May kit I got used up. I made two 12x12 layouts and a double pocket page layout, and an insert for said pocket page layout. I have a couple of the papers that I had included for backgrounds and a couple of solid papers I had included for matting that I didn't use and a handful of cut-apart cards! I am still planning on doing a post for my pocket pages, and to show what I had left, but I have been so busy that it has had to wait. I am hoping to get it up by the first of the week, if not sooner.

Let's get to it. If you don't know what Lisa & Lori's Great Stash Bash is all about - here is how it 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.  This year we have added a bashket challenge to our kit challenge. Every month we pick 10 items that we want to get used up this year in a basket. We try to use as many of those items as we can during the month. If we don't use them all then those items stay in the basket and at the beginning of the next month, 10 more items are added. The object of the challenge is to try to keep your basket from overflowing!

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 June:

To create your kit, pull 10 papers, 3-4 embellishments, 5-7 scrap papers, and our focus item for June - which is tags. Don't forget to pick your 10 items for your bashket!

 As I mentioned earlier, life has been so busy this last week, well, actually for most of May, and I didn't get a chance to plan out my kit like I normally do - it was all rather last minute. I decided to go with two mini-kits this month and see just how much of them I can get used up. I have noticed this year that I use up all of two or three papers in my kit - not leaving much in the way of scraps, so that is good, but I also don't use up many papers in my kit, either. A lot of that has to do with the fact that I don't have a lot of scrappy time lately. My goal this month is to see if I can continue to create without leaving much in the way of scraps and to also see if I can make a few more projects this month to use up more paper!

Here is my first mini-kit:

 This kit all started from those cut little flamingo die-cuts. I was looking for items for my bashket and found these cute little guys and that started the ball rolling. 

Let's take a closer look at the papers:

I started with the flamingo paper from Echo Park's Summer Dreams collection. While I was looking for it, I realized the rest of the collection was a good match for the photos that I want to use, so I pulled four more papers to complete my mini-kit.

Here is a look at the embellishments:

The 'good vibes' sunglasses die-cut was with the flamingos, so I added it, along with some acrylic pieces from Close To My Heart, enamel dots and shapes, a few doilies, a roll of washi tape, and the metal word dies that I added to my kit last month and never used.

Here are the scraps that I pulled:

I was running close on time so I just pulled what I could find quickly. I'm pretty sure I have some scraps from this collection so when I have a little time I will look for a few more.

Here is my second mini-kit:

This kit has papers from DCWV - Spring Blooms - paper pad and DCWV - Humble Abode - paper pad, stickers from Simple Stories -My Story - collection, enamel hearts from PinkFresh, doilies, and puffy stickers and stamp sets from Citrus Twist. 

Here are the papers:

The floral paper and the ombre paper are from the Spring Blooms paper pad, and the tone-on-tone orange grid paper is from the Humble Abode paper pad. The dot paper and yellow paper are actually scraps from last month's kit (which you will see below), and the blue...I may have to swap it out with a more turquoise-colored paper. 

Here are the embellishments:

I have the foam stickers and sticker book from Simple Stories, puffy stickers and stamps from Citrus Twist, enamel heart stickers from PinkFresh, doilies, acrylic pieces from Close To My Heart, washi tape, and I included my heart punch and tab punch.

Here are the scraps:

Our focus item this month is tags. I don't have a ton of tags in my stash - I say that but then I'm sure I will see what Lisa pulls and think, "I have that and should have pulled it!" I do have a few tag papers from Simple Stories but I decided to concentrate on the tags that I had put in my bashket a month or two ago and to include my metal tag dies to try to use this month:

I would love to get these tags on a layout or two this month.

I do have photos all picked out and ready to go and I cannot wait to put both of these kits to work!

Here are the ten items for my bashket:

1. - An ephemera pack from PinkFresh. I have used a few items out of this pack but not nearly all of it!

2. - Puffy stickers from We R Memory Keepers - I think,

3. - Rub-ons from Shimelle. The gold glitter rub-ons are pretty much disintegrating, so I don't know if they will be usable anymore, but I'm hoping to try a few this month to find out. 

4. - A brad pack from My Mind's Eye.

5. - A pack of metal embellishments from Close To My Heart.

6. - Puffy Stickers from Jillibean Soup from an old kit from The ScrapRoom.

7. - Wood embellishments from Recollections.

8. - A pack of cardstock stickers from Citrus Twist.

9. - Two Sheet of alphabet stickers from My Mind's Eye.

10. - Chipboard Stickers from PinkFresh.

I cannot wait to put my kits to use!

 Head on over to 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 - #lisaandlorisgreatstashbash2023

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