Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Hello, Sunshine - Try Stampin' - Or Not - On Tuesday #328

Good Tuesday morning! Welcome back to my blog - I am so glad that you are here today!

We have a new sketch for you today at Try Stampin' - Or Not - On Tuesday. This week's sketch is courtesy of, Donna, and our optional theme is "Summer Heat".

I will admit that I struggled a bit with this sketch. I kind of felt like the banner piece was just floating around. Once I added the sentiment piece, I liked it much better.

I used Echo Park's - "Summer Party" - 6x6 paper pad for this summer type card. The sentiment is from an Elle's Studio stamp set, and I die cut the sun using a pinked circle die from Paper Smooches, and a circle die from We R Memory Keepers.

Head on over to Try Stampin' to see the cards from the rest of the design team. You have two weeks to play along and you can enter either on the blog or on our Facebook page here. I hope you get the chance to play along, I would love to see your take on this sketch!

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

Monday, June 26, 2017

Just Because...Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #218

Hello, hello! Happy Monday to you! Here we are at the start of a new week. The weekend seemed to fly by! Of course, they always do!

I am here to share this week's sketch from Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge with you today. It's a fun sketch to work with and one that I know I will be using again.

This card came together so quickly and easily! I love it when they do that! 

I used Echo Park's - "The Story Of Our Family" 6x6 paper pad for this card. This is seriously my new favorite paper pad to work with right now! I love the navy and teal together, and I thought the pop of yellow added just a bit of interest.  I die cut the hearts using my Lawn Fawn heart dies, and the sentiment is from a Hero Arts stamp set. 

We will have the full design team reveal, along with last week's Top 3 picks over on the blog on Wednesday, so be sure to stop by and check it out! We hope you have some time to play along with us this week!

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

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Sweet 16

Hello, everyone! Happy Saturday to you! The sun is shining, the windows are open, the breeze is cool...it looks like it's going to be a fabulous day!

I am hosting my second challenge at Cookin' Up Creations today! Our theme for this month is "Movie Night" and the movie I have chosen for this challenge is "Sixteen Candles". I loved this movie as a teenager, and if I catch it on tv, well, I always have to watch it!

My challenge was to create a birthday layout and add some numbers and/or candles to it. If you don't have any birthday photos to scrap, then create a layout and add a number(s) to it.

I found some photos of Abby on her 16th birthday that I had never scrapped and thought now would be the perfect time to do it! I mean, she will be 27 this year, so it's about time! My original plan was to make a mini album for her, but that never happened, so now I think I will add the photos to a pocket style protector to go along with a couple of traditional 12x12 layouts. That is why I have not journaled on this layout, the journaling will go into one of the pockets on the pocket page.

I used Carta Bella's "It's A Celebration" for this layout. This collection is one of my favorite birthday collections!

Stop by Cookin' Up Creations and join the fun! We would love to have you join us!

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

Friday, June 23, 2017

You Are So Kind

Hello again! I am back with another project to share with you today!

This month over at Soul Scrappers we are honoring a former DT member, Debi Clark, with various challenges and prizes. Some of our challenges are based on things that Debi loved or things that remind us of Debi.

DT Karen challenged us to a "kindness" challenge - create a project with the word "kind or kindness" on it and then do an act of kindness.

Here is the card that I created for this challenge:

For this card I have used Echo Park's "The Story Of Our Family" 6x6 paper pad. I think I could 3 or 4 of these paper pads and never get tired of it! Love the colors in this.

The flower is from Close To My Heart's "Live Beautifully" stamp set and stamped in lagoon ink. For my sentiment I didn't have any stamps in my stash that I could use for this, so I printed one off from the computer and added it to my card.

Head on over to Soul Scrappers to check out this month's challenges. We would love to have you playing along!

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

Our Beauty And Here Beast

Happy Friday everyone! I can't believe it's the weekend already! We have a cool front coming through today and it looks like the weekend is going to be a beauty! High temps in the upper 70's to low 80's with low humidity...perfect!

This month over at Cookin' Up Creations our challenge theme is "Movie Night". All of our challenges in June are based on a movie that the hostess has chosen. I hosted a challenge on June 10th and the movie I chose was "Beauty And The Beast". My challenge was to pick one of the following choices -

Choice #1 - Beauty - use the word "beauty" or "beautiful" somewhere on your layout, use a touch of gold, and use at least one heart or flower on your layout.

Choice #2 - Beast - Create a layout about your favorite "beast". This could be a pet, your favorite animal, or who knows, maybe your kiddo is a "beast" on the ball field. Also include at least one heart on your layout.

I went with a combination of the two for my layout:

I have used the word "beauty", I have a photo of our "beast", and I used 3 tiny gold hearts.

Head on over to Cookin' Up Creations and check out our challenges - there have been a lot of really fun ones posted this month! You have until July 3rd to play along with us for a fun prize!

I am up again tomorrow with another movie night challenge, so stay tuned to see what I pick!

I will be back shortly with another project to share with you!

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Summer Days

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.

I am back to share my take on the June Tic Tac Toe challenge at Soul Scrappers. The line that I chose to use from the Tic Tac Toe board was - kraft cardstock, chevrons, and circles, three of my favorite things to use when I scrap!

I don't know why I always have a hard time photographing a layout when I have used kraft paper! I never can seem to get the true color of it to come through.

The blue chevron paper is from a paper pack that I picked up at Tuesday Morning. There was no labels on it, so I have no idea where it is from. The circles were all cut from an old My Mind's Eye 6x6 paper pad called "Summer Splash" - which I am happy to say that it is all used up! I just love the bright, summery colors in this collection. I'm a little sad to see it go, but happy that I now have a place for a new paper pad to take it's place!

This layout was based off of this sketch from the June 2017 PageMaps:

Head on over to Soul Scrappers and check out the fun challenges we have going on now. Soul Scrappers is a great group with tons of inspiration! We would love it if you played along with us!

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

Sketches In Thyme PL Style Sketch #75

Hello everyone! Happy Wednesday to you! Today is the first full day of summer and it's going to feel like it around here! We are supposed to hit 90* today...sounds like a good day to spend in the pool!

Today I am sharing my take on Sketch #75 from Sketches In Thyme PL Style. Here is a look at the sketch:

I decided to make a journaling card to document some of the things going on in week 22 of 2016.

Here is the full layout:

I used Crate Paper's "Cool Kid" 6x6 paper pad for this spread, and some stamps from Elle's Studio and Gossamer Blue.

Also on this layout is the card that I made for Sketch #73 (title card) and the card that I made for Sketch #74:

It's a little hard to tell what's in the photo, but it is a killdeer, trying to draw us away from it 's nest with it's broken wing act. These birds come around every spring and always have their nest somewhere in our yard. Sometimes the nest is easy to find, other times not so much! Last summer we were lucky to find it and Scott was able to avoid it when he mowed. After a while it was really easy to know where the nest was - just look for the patch of long grass!

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

Monday, June 19, 2017

Use Your Stuff #268 - Try Something New

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.

This week at Use Your Stuff, Renee is challenging us to try something new! A new technique or a new product that you haven't used before.

I decided to play around with my watercolors and see what I could create. I recently watched a project life process video and in the video the person used watercolors on one of her cards. I really liked the look of it and thought it was easy enough that I could surely do it! Here is what I came up with:

I tried out several different colors and then went through one of my die cut packs and my stamps to add some embellishments to each card.

I think this card is my favorite of the three! I love the colors and I just love the way it turned out!

I think I may go back and add some sequins or bling to this card...I'll have to see what I want to use when I use this in my album.

And I still have a few of these cards just waiting for embellishments! I am so glad that I tried out this new technique! I'm sure you'll be seeing it a little more often!

(I also used this technique on a greeting card in my previous post. Check it out here.)

Head on over to Use Your Stuff to see what new products or techniques that the rest of the design team created.

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

Stick It Down June Card Team Reveal

Hello, everyone! Good Monday morning to you! I hope 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 is a reminder of the sketch that was posted on the first:

I decided to play around with some watercolors on my card. Pretty basic, pretty simple, but I love the way that this card turned out! It's always fun to try something new and have it turn out the way that you want!

After I added the watercolor, I stamped the sentiment using a stamp set from Elle's Studio and added a silver glitter heart. 

Head on over to Stick It Down to see how the rest of the design team interpreted this sketch. I hope you play along with us this month, I would love to see what you do with this sketch!

I will be back soon with another project to share with you!

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Christmas Card Challenges #15

Hello, scrappy friends! Happy Sunday to you!

We have a new challenge for you today at Christmas Card Challenges!  Our only requirement is that you make a Christmas/Holiday card. We do offer an optional challenge - in case you need some extra inspiration. This week our optional challenge is an inspiration photo challenge:

I have had this wreath stamp from Close To My Heart for ages! I think it might have been one of the first sets I ever bought from them. I have used it a few times before and it is a favorite. 

I stamped the wreath in Topiary and then added red glitter glue for the berries. The papers are from Pink Paislee's Yuletide collection.

Head on over to Christmas Card Challenges to see the beautiful cards from the rest of the design team. I hope to see you playing along with us!

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