Tuesday, January 23, 2018

AHSC #248

Hello, hello! 

I am back today to share the latest sketch from Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge with you. Michelle has created another fantastic sketch for us to work with this week. 






I am still trying to add birthday cards to my stash and when I saw this sketch I thought it would be perfect for a birthday card.

I have used Fancy Pants' - Be Different - 6x6 paper pad. I really like the papers in this paper pad and I think they work well for birthday cards. The sentiment is from a Sizzix Framelits stamp and die set - Celebrate. The balloon dies are from Taylored Expressions. For the balloon strings I separated a piece of crochet string and I love the wavy effect of it!

Our full design team reveal will be tomorrow over on the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge blog, along with last week's Top 3. We would love to see you playing along with this fun sketch!

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



Monday, January 22, 2018

January Card Design Team Reveal - You're Sweet

Hello, everyone! Happy Monday to you! I hope you had a great weekend and are ready for the new week!

Today is the full card design team reveal over at Stick It Down. We have a prize sponsor this month - Angie's Digital Stamp Shop - and one randomly selected winner from all of our challenges will receive 2 digital stamps from her shop!


Here is a reminder of the January card sketch:



Oh, what an adventure I had trying to make my card! I had originally planned on using my texture paste and a stencil for my background...but then my texture paste was hard...not sure what happened there because the lid was on nice and tight, but there was no spreading it around! Then I thought - maybe I'll use paint with my stencil...yeah, I am mixed media challenged I tell ya! After several attempts, I gave up on that idea! In the end, I went with an embossing folder in which the hearts look like they are falling - kind of like the stars on the sketch, and it worked for me!

I had the pleasure of working with the heart cupcake digi stamp. I colored it with my Prima watercolor pencils. There are varying shades of red on this card, which sometimes bothers me, but throwing in that little bit of pink on the scalloped circle helped to tie it all together.

Head on over to  Stick It Down to see the beautiful cards from the rest of the design team. We would love to see your take on this fun sketch!

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

Sunday, January 21, 2018

LM #379 - Word Play - Adventure

Hello, everyone! Happy Sunday to you! I hope you are having a good weekend. Mine is going by way too fast!

Lasting Memories has a new challenge posted today. This month our theme has been - Word Play - and this week our challenge is the word "Adventure". Use some form of the word - adventure, adventurous, adventurer, etc. on your layout. This can be in the title, in the paper, in your embellishments...just have it somewhere on your layout.


For my layout, I have used photos of Ada on her first trip to an amusement park - that is always an adventure! The word "adventure" shows up in the word stickers on the side of the top photo.

I used the old Urban Traveler collection from Simple Stories. I thought the colors in the collection were perfect for these photos - so bright and fun!

Head on over to Lasting Memories to see the beautiful layouts from the rest of the design team. We would love to see you playing along with us!

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

Saturday, January 20, 2018

HIMCR #336 - Color It

Hello, everyone! Happy Saturday to you! Do you have anything fun planned this weekend? My husband and I will be celebrating our 28th wedding anniversary (it was actually yesterday) and we will be celebrating our oldest son's birthday this weekend. He will turn 20 this Wednesday, but since he came home from college this weekend, we will celebrate it now. Looks like a lot of fun family time for us!

Hiding In My Craft Room has a fun challenge this week - Color It! We want to see your coloring skills on your project!



Fred She Said Designs is our sponsor this week and the giveaway is a $10 Gift Certificat to their store.

Fred She Said Designs offers a wide variety of digital products with a floral flair and cute characters too - Digi's, Pre-coloured images, Papers, Sets, Fred's Flower Kits, and even digital cutting files. Have some fun with Fred!

I had the pleasure of working with the Emma & the Cake digi


For my card, I have used scraps from Crate Paper's Poolside and Cute Girl collections. I colored the image with my Prima watercolor pencils.

Head on over to Hiding In My Craft Room to see the beautiful projects from the rest of the design team. We hope to see you playing along with us this week!

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


Thursday, January 18, 2018

Scribbles Designs 5th Birthday Party Blowout

Hello again! This is my second post of the day. If you are looking for my Counterfeit Kit Challenge post, please scroll down or go here.


I am so excited to be sharing my first reveal for Scribbles Design Challenge Blog! Scribbles Designs is turning 5 this month and we are celebrating with a challenge and a new release party! 

Our challenge for January is a birthday challenge - create a birthday related project! 

Today is the final day of the new releases and we are featuring the Woolley Party. This whole set is the cutest set ever, and I had the pleasure of working with Willy Woolley:


Isn't he the cutest little sheep you've ever seen? I just adore him and the other stamps in this set. The sentiment is also included in the set. Since it is a birthday celebration I had to add some sprinkles paper to my card!

Now, on to the fun stuff...one lucky person that leaves a comment on this post will win the Willy Woolley image that I have used! You have several more chances to win the individual stamps that we have used and the complete sets. You can find all of the details over on the Scribbles Designs blog here

Click HERE to head on over to DAY 3 of our New Release Party! If you missed DAY 1, please click HERE, and for DAY 2, click HERE

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today! I hope you join in our birthday celebration - I would love to see what you create!

CKC - Challenge #2 - Inspired By Nature

Hello, everyone! I hope you are having a good week! The weekend is right around the corner!

We have the second challenge of the month up over at Counterfeit Kit Challenge today. This challenge is "Inspired By Nature" - feature something from nature on your layout.

Here's a reminder of my kit for this month:



I created a layout of our first snow of this season. It wasn't a lot, just enough to cover the ground and make everything look so pretty, and it was gone by noon, but I was able to get a few good photos while it was here.

All of the papers on this layout are from my kit. I made another circle embellishment using pink hearts for my date, and the alphas and sequins I pulled from my stash. This is typically not the colors I would use on a snow layout, but I really like the pink and green.

Be sure to check out the Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog to see how the other design team members have interpreted this challenge. We would love to see you playing along!

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

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Be Brave - Sketches In Thyme #309

Hello, everyone, and Happy Wednesday to you! We have another snow day today and I am enjoying it. I am going to have to venture out soon to make a grocery run!

Today is my day to be featured on the Sketches In Thyme blog with my take on Sketch #309, courtesy of Bev.



I decided to stay true to the sketch and have a messy background. Since we've been having cold and snowy weather, I was in the mood to scrap some nice summertime photos.

I did the smooshing technique for my background using Tim Holtz distress ink in salty ocean - I thought it looked like water drops. I wanted a few layers of paper behind my photo, so I dug into my scrap pile and found these Echo Park papers that were a good match. It looked like it was missing a little something, so I added in the banner, circle, and date at the top of the page.

Head on over to Sketches In Thyme for more inspiration from the design team. We have a fun prize being offered up this month and we would love to see you playing along!

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

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Tic Tac Tuesday #1 with Try Stampin' On Tuesday

Hello and Happy Tuesday! We have a snow day today, so it is definitely a happy Tuesday at my house! It is a bit cold - we are definitely not used to these single digit highs that we will be seeing today, but it will be a great day to stay in and scrap!

We are changing things up a bit at Try Stampin' On Tuesday and today we have a new challenge for you - Tic Tac Tuesday! Just choose any line on the tic tac toe board below to create your card!



For my card, I used the diagonal row from top left to bottom right - black, heart, and red. I have used and older 6x6 paper pad from Seven Paper - Amelia. It is filled with lots of reds and pinks and black and white papers - perfect for Valentine's Day!

The sentiment is from an older Close To My Heart set - D1548 - Whooo's Your Valentine and is one of my favorites!

Head on over to Try Stampin' On Tuesday to see the beautiful cards from the rest of the design team using our Tic Tac Toe board. We would love it if you played along with us!

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

Monday, January 15, 2018

Use Your Stuff #295 - Monochromatic

Hello, everyone! Happy Monday to you! Are you ready for the new week? We have today off for the holiday but I think it's pretty safe to say we would have been off regardless since we are getting some snow! The way it's looking right now we may have another day off tomorrow...

Use Your Stuff has a fun new challenge posted today. Our challenge for this week is - Monochromatic - create any type of project that you like - just make it monochromatic!


I have had the Pebbles' - Be Mine - 6x6 paper pad out on my desk for a couple of weeks and I've been in the mood for some fun Valentine's Day cards, so for my monochromatic project I went with reds/pinks. I think that little bunny is so cute! 

I am very happy with myself because - all of the papers on this card, with the exception of the base panel, are scraps from the other projects that I have made with this collection so far! I am getting better about using up my scraps as I go - if only I could get better about doing this with my 12x12 papers!

I based my card off of this card sketch from Sketch N Scrap's New Beginnings Crop Challenge #4 that is happening now until January 31st.


Head on over to Use Your Stuff to see the beautiful monochromatic projects from the rest of the design team. 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!

Sunday, January 14, 2018

A New Adventure!

Hello, hello! Happy Sunday to you! I am smack dab in the middle of a long weekend and enjoying every minute of it! The kids are always lucky to actually get MLK Day off of school - we're usually having to make a snow day up on it - but this year we have been lucky in the "no snow" department and so we are getting the day off.

I have some exciting news to share with you today! I am thrilled to announce that I am now a "Scribbler" for the Scribbles Designs Design Team!


I just found this challenge blog a few months ago, and I fell in love with their digital stamps! They have such a wide variety of images and sentiments and I am looking forward to working with them and sharing inspiration using them!

Their challenge starts on the 15th of the month beginning at 7 a.m PST with mid-way inspiration on the 1st and lasts until the 14th of the month. You can read all of the rules over on the blog here.

We are kicking off the year with a big 5th Birthday Party Blowout Bash, so get ready for some fun! I hope to see you playing along with us!

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