Monday, November 20, 2017

UYS #289 - Thankful

Hello again! I am back with my second post of the day. If you are looking for my Stick It Down reveal, please scroll down or go here.

We have a new challenge today over at Use Your Stuff. This week Heather is challenging us to create a project about what we are thankful for.


I always love these types of challenges because I have so much to be thankful for. One thing that I am so thankful for is my good friends and what better time to tell them how much I appreciate them than this time of year. This card will be going in the mail to - hopefully - brighten someone's day.

Head on over to Use Your Stuff to see the beautiful projects from the rest of the design team. We hope you have some time to play along with us this week! We would love to see what you are thankful for!

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


Stick It Down November Card DT Reveal

Hello, hello! Happy Monday to you! I hope that you had a good weekend and are ready for the new week. 

Today is the full card design team reveal at Stick It Down. Here's a reminder of what the sketch looks like:



For my card, I decided to dust off my bow die and use it on this card. I don't know why I don't use it more often - I always love the end result!

I used my argyle embossing folder and since the bow was on the bigger side I decided to leave off the sentiment and just stamp something on the inside.


Head on over to Stick It Down to see the wonderful cards from the rest of the design team. You have until the end of the month to play along with us!

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



Sunday, November 19, 2017

My December Daily Cover 2017

Hello, everyone! Good Sunday morning to you! I hope you are having a good weekend so far. I'm pretty excited about this week - it's a short work/school week for my guys and it's just a few more days until it's turkey day! I am so looking forward to lots of family time and good food!


I am up on the Let's December Daily blog today with the cover of my December Daily. For all of the details - good and bad - check out my post over there, but I did want to share it here on my blog, along with a couple of things that I learned in the process.

I knew that my cover would be the one thing in this process that would give me fits, I'm just not that artsy, but in the end, I'm happy with the results and that's what matters! 

A couple of things that I learned along the way - #1 - I should always go with my first instinct and #2 - I should never do anything related to any form of mixed media!

Here is my cover:


Now that my cover is complete the only thing that I would change is the embellishment that I added by the year...looking at it now I feel like I should have stamped another tree and stuck down there instead. Since I used the strongest glue ever it will stay as is - for now. 

Here's a peek at my table while I was working on my cover. Does anyone else make this big of a mess when they are creating?! Granted - I had been working on cutting down papers to fit in the pockets and stamping a few things to go in my album - but goodness this is a mess!


And one more thought before I end this post. I am even more excited and even more committed to getting this album done this year. As I said before - this will be my first completed December Daily. I tried one several years ago and got to day 8 or 9 and then quit. Life just got too busy. I had intended to go back after the holiday and finish it, but it just never happened. 

I found that album a couple of days ago.  It was a 6x6 album, the cover was not decorated, there is no title page, there aren't even a lot of embellishments, just photos, and journaling for those first 8 or 9 days. It was so much fun looking at those photos and reading what I had written - a day or two wasn't much more than a weather update - but it was so fun to get a reminder of what our life was like back in  December 2008 (I think). When I showed Scott he even said - you need to do more of this! Just one more reason to get this project done this year!

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

Saturday, November 18, 2017

HIMCR #327 - 3X Designer Paper

Hello and Happy Saturday! It's the weekend before Thanksgiving here in the states and I'm sure it will be a busy one! I am really looking forward to spending lots of time with family over the next week.

We have a new challenge today at Hiding In My Craft Room! This week we are challenging you to use 3 different patterned papers on your projects. Your papers can be purchased papers or you can use homemade papers. 

Our sponsor this week is Pickled Potpourri and the giveaway is a $7 gift certificate.


We were generously given a few different digi stamps to work with and I chose the Christmas Perky Penguins set.


Isn't that little penguin just the cutest?! I colored the image with my colored pencils and I used 3 different papers from the Holly Jolly 6x6 paper pad from Pebbles. Since there was quite a bit of open space in the upper right-hand corner of my image panel, I printed the sentiment off of my computer and then used my circle die to cut it out. I think it is the perfect place for the sentiment.

Head on over to HIMCR to see the fun cards from the rest of the design team.  We hope you have some time to play along with us this week! We would love to see your take on our 3X the Designer Paper challenge!

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

Friday, November 17, 2017

Sketches In Thyme #301

Hello, hello! Happy Friday to you! I hope you have had a good week and are ready for the weekend!

Today is my day to be featured over at Sketches In Thyme with my take on sketch #301, courtesy of Brenshevia:





I have had these photos of Ada from Christmas Eve 2015 sitting out on my desk for a while just waiting to be scrapped. This fun sketch was perfect of them. I have used a mix of papers from Bella Blvd's "Christmas Cheer" and "Make It Merry" collections. 

My journaling is on the tag that is stuck behind the photos. It says - Ada wasn't too sure about these moving reindeer at Jenny and Art's house. She was quite intrigued by them and kept wanting to go outside and look at them, but she sure didn't want to get too close!

She could barely enjoy the Christmas party for wondering about these deer! I'm sure they were a little strange to her 2 year old mind!

Be sure to check out Sketches In Thyme all month long for more inspiration from the design team. We hope you can find some time to play along with us!

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today! I hope you have a fantastic Friday!

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Soul Scrappers - Cards of Christmas

Hello again! This is my second post of the day. If you are looking for my Sketches In Thyme PL Style reveal, please scroll down or go here.

Over at Soul Scrappers, we are all about getting those Christmas cards done this month. All month long on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday we will be posting a new Christmas card challenge for you. Today is my turn to post the challenge and I am challenging you to add a Santa to your card:


This little Santa is my favorite so far for this year. He is a digi stamp from Limited Runs Digital Stamps and I know this is not the last time you'll be seeing him. I already have plans to use him for a few more projects.

I used Bella Blvd's Holly Jolly Christmas papers for this card. This is the collection that I am using for my December Daily and since I already had the papers out on my desk I put them to use for my card.

Stop by Soul Scrappers and check out the other Christmas card challenges that have been posted. I will have another challenge for you later in the month and I hope to get all caught up with the rest of the challenges, too.

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

Sketches In Thyme PL Style #90

Hello and Happy Wednesday! I still cannot believe that next week is Thanksgiving! Time has been a blur since Halloween and I'm sure it will stay that way until the first of the year!

Today we have the mid-month sketch posted over at Sketches In Thyme PL Style. Emma has created a great sketch for us to work with. It shows it being a journaling card, but you could easily add a photo to it instead.



I have been working on my December Daily in every spare minute that I have to try to be ready when the first rolls around. I thought this sketch would make a great journaling card for one of my days. I'm sure I will add a little something more to it - a puffy heart...enamel dots...something, but that will come once the card has the journaling on it.

Head on over to Sketches In Thyme PL Style to see the beautiful inspiration from the rest of the team. Each member has created a little something different to show how versatile these sketches can be. I hope you find some time to play along with us!

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

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Try Stampin' On Tuesday #348

Hello, everyone! Good Tuesday morning to you! I hope that your week is off to a good start.

We have a brand new sketch for you today at Try Stampin' On Tuesday. This week's sketch is courtesy of Vicki and our optional challenge is - from plain to fancy.


For my card, I used the argyle embossing folder for my main panel. I always reach for my swiss dot embossing folder, but made it a point this time to use something different and I love the way that it turned out!

The banner stamp and the sentiment are both from Close To My Heart's - Joyful Tidings Workshop Your Way (B1578) - stamp set. I love this stamp set and I know I will be using it a lot more this holiday season.

Head on over to Try Stampin' On Tuesday to see the beautiful cards from the rest of the design team. I hope you have some time to play along with us! You can link up with our challenge on the blog here or on our Facebook page here. You have two weeks to play along!

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

Monday, November 13, 2017

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #238



Hello again! I am back with my second post of the day. If you are looking for my reveal for The Memory Nest, please scroll down or go here.

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge has a great new sketch posted today:



Since I don't have any oval dies or punches, I decided to use this banner stamp and mount it on a piece of patterned paper instead. This stamp set is from Close To My Heart's - Joyful Tidings Workshop Your Way kit - and it is my new favorite! I love the different banner outlines and the sentiments that fit inside. The striped star and the dotty star are from the set as well, and I die cut a couple of silver glitter stars to add a little sparkle to my card.

Be sure to stop by Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge on Wednesday for the full design team reveal and last week's Top 3. I hope you find some time time to play along with us. I would love to see what you create!

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

Make It Monday #100 at The Memory Nest!!

Hello, everyone! Good Monday morning to you! I hope that you had a good weekend! Mine was filled with catching up on some scrappy projects that I can't wait to share with you!

I'm a little sad writing up this post as The Memory Nest is taking a little break. I have so enjoyed being on the design team and creating with the sketches that Leslie provided for us. Leslie has been a pure joy to work with.

Here's a look at the 100th sketch:


 

I took these photos of Ada one day while we were waiting for Abby to get off of work. She was looking so cute standing up between the seats and I couldn't resist taking a few pictures of her. I told her to look at me, and she did, but then she looked away right as the camera snapped. So, I tried again - telling her to look at me, and again, she did, but then she looked away right at the last second. I asked her why she kept looking away and she said, "Nana, my eyes just need to look other places!" She is something else!

I have used Dear Lizzy's - Lovely Day - collection for this layout. Most of the embellishments came from Pink Fresh Studios - Dream On - ephemera pack. They were a good match to the colors in the Lovely Day line.

Head on over to The Memory Nest to check out the layouts from the rest of the design team. I hope you get a chance to play along with our last challenge!

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