Sunday, March 17, 2024

Love Notes - Sketch N Scrap #293

 Hello, hello! Happy Sunday and Happy St. Patty's Day to you! I hope you are having a good weekend. 

Today I am sharing the layout that I created using Sketch N Scrap's March 15th sketch - designed by me! Here is a look at the sketch:

And here is my layout:

I just recently purchased the Love Notes collection from Echo Park and couldn't wait to put it to use. I love the pink/red/light blue color combo in this collection, and there are only a few papers that are heavy on the love/Valentine's Day theme - the majority can be used for anything. Anyway, this collection was perfect for these photos of the most recent love notes that Ada has left for me on my desk in my craft room. These little notes always bring a smile to my face - no matter what kind of day I am having!

Here are a few close-ups:

I die-cut a few different-sized hearts for this cluster base. I picked a few stickers all related to "notes" to use on this layout. I inked the edges of all of my papers, since the majority of them were on the lighter side, to help them stand out against the white background. 

For my title, I used the Lawn Fawn Henry's ABC metal dies and then inked around the edges. I tore my cardstock background in three places and added the red heart pattern paper behind it. I always like the effect of this but hardly ever remember to do it.

One of my goals this year is to stamp on my projects - even if it is just one stamp. I pulled out my roller stamps and stamped the XOXO in each of the clusters. I really love the look that adding a stamp gives to my layouts.

Head on over to Sketch N Scrap to see the sketch and the lovely layouts from the design team. 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!

Thursday, March 7, 2024

Hello Sunshine - A Layout and a Card For Sketch N Scrap

Hello, everyone! Happy Thursday to you! It is almost the weekend and I am ready for it! We are finally getting some much-needed rain today, and I thought it was a good time to get a couple of projects posted that I have made this month. 

First up is the layout that I made using the March 1st sketch from Sketch N Scrap. Here is a look at the sketch:

And here is my layout:

For this layout, I finally got around to using the Cocoa Vanilla Happy Days mini-kit that I put together for my January kit for Lisa & Lori's Great Stash Bash! It just took me two months, but I finally used some of it! 

These pictures are of Ada from two years ago. I love that Google Photos will send you notifications like - "two years ago today" or "similar shots" - sometimes it reminds me of photos that I had forgotten about. That was the case with these photos, and, my goodness, how things have changed in two years for this girl! That may be a whole different layout - a comparison of then and now. Like, she no longer likes to have pictures or words on her shirts - with only a few exceptions. She likes mostly just plain, solid-colored shirts now. She used to wear those Ugg-like boots in the wintertime - now it's all about Vans and Converse. She is definitely finding her own style!

Here are a couple of close-ups:

I had to pull in some black alphas to stand out against the background. The ones included in my kit were white with a black outline and they just got lost on the white background.

I didn't do too much in the way of embellishing. Having so many patterns on this layout makes it a bit busy for me and I didn't want it feeling even more busy and cluttered with a bunch of embellishments. 

I was a bit limited with the puffy sticker shapes but went with what I had. I could have pulled in enamel dots but I really just wanted to stick with what was in my kit.

Next up is the card that I made using the March 5th card sketch from Sketch N Scrap. Here is a look at the sketch:

And here is my card:

Easter is just around the corner and I wanted to make an Easter card to send to someone special. For this card, I use Simple Stories' Hip Hop Hooray 6x8 paper pad and die cuts. I couldn't find a "Happy Easter" sentiment in my stamps so I found I font I liked on the computer and printed it off onto a label. 

I love the rounded edges on the top layer on the sketch. I really need to remember to round the corners on both my cards and my layouts a little more often. It just adds a bit of interest and breaks up all of the sharp edges.

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

Friday, March 1, 2024

Lisa & Lori's Great Stash Bash March Kit Reveal

Hello, everyone! Happy Friday and Happy March 1st! Yay for March - the month when there seem to be more warm days than cold! Since it is the first day of a new month, that means I have a new kit to share for Lisa & Lori's Great Stash Bash!

Before I get to my kit, I will let you know that I was not successful in using my February kit, but I did use up a bit more of my January kit! I am keeping my fingers crossed that you will see me using my March kit this month and maybe I'll even be able to dive into my February kit and see if I can't get something made with it.

If you don't knowhat this challenge is, here is a little about it:

 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 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 March:

To create your kit, pull 10 papers, 3-4 embellishments, 5-7 scrap papers. Our focus item for March is ephemera!

Here is my kit for March:

February was an unseasonably warm month for us and that has me feeling all of the spring vibes, and I think my kit reflects that! Let's take a close look.

Here are my papers:

I have a mix of papers from Echo Park's New Day collection and the Day in the Life collection. I am lovin' the color palette from these two collections and they work really well with each other. I included four cut-apart papers because I am determined to work on my Project Life albums more this year. I have been doing pretty decent with keeping (somewhat) up so far with this year. Now, if I can just get fast enough to not only work on the current stuff but maybe throw in a previous year or two along the way. That would make me really happy! So, you can expect to see more of those cut-apart papers in my kits this year.

Here are the cut-apart papers from New Day. I have included them, too:

Here are the embellishments:

I have included the 12x12 sticker sheets and enamel dots from both collections, the ephemera packs and sticker book, and puffy stickers from New Day, a few random enamel shapes and puffy dots, two packs of wood veneer - a set from Elles Studio and a pack from Recollections - and a pack of cork pieces from Elles Studio.

Here are the scraps that I pulled:

I pulled a few more than the 5-7 scraps, but a lot of them are pretty small pieces and I thought they might be good to punch out shapes or to use my metal dies with.

Our focus piece for March is ephemera, so along with the ephemera from the collections, I pulled this:

I have pulled a couple of packs of ephemera pieces that were in my bashket last year and one of my boxes of Vicki Boutin ephemera. It is overflowing and I can just barely get it to close! I think there are either five or six packs of ephemera in there! I think I bought a few packs from Tuesday Morning before they closed and then I found a deal from Peachy Cheap a while back that was all Vicki Boutin ephemera packs, so it added up pretty quickly. There are a lot of pieces that color match really well with my kit. Even if I only use a few pieces I will be happy with that. I least I got them out and familiarized myself with what is in the box.

One of my goals this year is to use my stamps more, so here are a few stamps that I pulled to use this month:

I have pulled a variety of spring-themed stamps and everyday-type stamps for this month. I am hoping to put a few of these to use this month.

That is it! I can't wait to dive in and create with my kit! My plan is to mostly use this kit on my PL layouts and for my traveler's notebook layouts, but we will see, a 12x12 layout may be with made it! Be sure to stop by Lisa's blog - My Creative Endeavors - to see the beautiful kit that she has put together. I always love to see her kits!

Don't forget - 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 - #lisaandlorisgreatstashbash2024

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