Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Paper Play Sketches #49

Hello, hello! Happy Wednesday! This is our last official day of summer break. Tomorrow it will be back to the school routine and Friday we move my oldest son back to college. I'm always sad to see the lazy days of summer go, but it will be nice to be back into a routine again.

We have a new challenge up today at Paper Play Sketches. This week is a sketch challenge and it is a fun one!



For this card, I have used Simple Stories - A Charmed Life - collection. The telephone was a 3x3 card that I cut down just a little so that it would fit a little better. The alpha stickers are also from this collection. Cut apart cards, or Project Life cards in general, make a card come together so quickly!

Be sure to stop by Paper Play Sketches to see the beautiful cards from the rest of the design team. We would love it if you played along with us!

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

LTSCB #100 - Mid Month Inspiration

Hello, everyone! Happy Tuesday to you! I hope that your week is off to a good start. I can't believe it's the middle of August already. It seems like once school starts, which it does for my boy on Thursday, that time really goes fast until the holidays are over.

The middle of the month means it's time for mid-month inspiration at LTSCB. Just a little note for you - this will be our last mid-month inspiration - all design team inspiration will be featured on the first of the month.

This is our 100th challenge at LTSCB and Leslie has a little something extra planned for this challenge. She will send a prize to a randomly chosen challenge participant AND another prize to a randomly chosen Facebook "like", so be sure to link up a project to our challenge blog and go on over and "like" our Facebook page here.

Now, on to the challenge. Challenge #100 is "Kidz Rule" - create a project related to a kid.

This month I got to work with the "Balloons and Ice Cream" digi stamp from Star Stampz.




For my card, I have used Echo Park's "Sunny Days Ahead" 6x6 paper pad. I love the bright, cheery colors in this collection. I colored my image using my Prima watercolor pencils. I cannot say enough good things about these pencils - they are great to use!

Head on over to Love To Scrap Challenge Blog to see the projects from the rest of the design team. I hope you get a chance to play along with us!

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

Monday, August 14, 2017

Make It Monday #94 at The Memory Nest

Hello, everyone! Good Monday morning to you! Are you ready for a new week? My daughter goes back to work today so that means that I will have Ada back with me during the day. I'm sad to see our summer vacation come to an end, but it will be good to get back into a routine again.

Today is Make It Monday at The Memory Nest and Leslie has created a great two photo sketch for us to work with:





I had a little trouble with this sketch - I think I was trying too hard to find photos that were the same orientation as what was on the sketch. Once I let that idea go, I didn't have much trouble at all!

I used Echo Park's - The Story Of Our Family - collection for this layout, and gosh, did I have a hard time cutting into it! I love the colors and the patterns in this collection and have been hoarding it for ages because of this. I seriously need to get over this problem!

Looking at this layout now, I can see so many things that I could have done...or added to it...I mean I still can, but I think it's funny that I was completely happy with it when I made it, but now that a few days have passed I see things differently. For instance, I wish I would have made a cluster on the bottom right corner of the bottom photo, and maybe one in upper left corner of the top photo. Like I said - an easy fix - I can always add to it and I probably will! If and when I do I will try to remember to share the updated layout with you!

Head on over to The Memory Nest to see the layouts from the rest of the design team. I hope you can find some time to play along with us! I would love to see your take on this sketch.

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

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Christmas Card Challenges #19

Hello, scrappy friends! Happy Sunday to you! I hope that you are having a good weekend. It has been pretty cool for August around here and it's been nice to be able to open the windows and enjoy the fresh air!

We have a new challenge up at Christmas Card Challenges today. Our challenge is pretty simple - create a Christmas/holiday card. That's it. But, if you need a little added inspiration, we offer an optional challenge for you as well. This week our optional challenge is an inspiration photo. How will you be inspired?





When I first saw the inspiration photo I really liked that the tree was made up of stars or snowflakes. Then my friend, Willa, sent me a pin on Pinterest of a Christmas tree made from snowflakes, and I knew I needed to recreate it. You can see that card here.

I punched quite a few snowflakes using an old EK Success snowflake punch and then went to work arranging them in a Christmas tree shape. I added a few clear gems to some of the snowflakes - they are a little hard to see in the photo, but they are there! I added a wood veneer star to the top of my tree and I love it! I can see me trying this again using green "snowflakes" for my tree!

Be sure to stop by Christmas Card Challenges to see the beautiful cards from the rest of the design team. I can't wait to see what you create!

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

Saturday, August 12, 2017

HIMCR #313 - Super Scraps Saturday

Hello, hello! Happy Saturday to you! We have made it to the weekend and I'm ready for a couple of nice lazy days and enjoying some family time! My hubby has been working overtime and I know he is ready for a couple of do nothing days.

We have a new challenge up today at Hiding In My Craft Room. It's the second Saturday of the month and that means it is "Super Scraps Saturday"! Pull out those scraps and get to working on a card or two!

Our sponsor for this week is Scrap' n Dipity. I got to work with their super cute Scribble Sally Witch digi stamp.


For my card, I pulled out my Jillibean Soup - Owloween Stew - 6x6 paper pad. I don't have very many Halloween collections and scraps are about all I have left of the ones I do have. I think it might be time to add a new collection or two to my stash!

I colored Sally with my Prima watercolor pencils. I haven't used these pencils very much, but they are a dream to use! I love them!

Head on over to Hiding In My Craft Room to see the projects from the rest of the design team. I hope you get a chance to work with your scraps and get a card or two made this week!

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

Friday, August 11, 2017

Sketch N Scrap's End Of Summer Crop



Hello, everyone! Happy Friday to you! Are you ready for the weekend? I am! It's our last weekend before school starts and hubby has been working lots of overtime. I'm ready for a couple of relaxing days with spending time in my craft room!

What better excuse is there to hide away in  my scrap room than Sketch N Scrap's End Of Summer Crop? It starts tomorrow and I hope to see you there! We'll have 2 sketches posted this weekend and then 2 more sketches posted next weekend.

Head on over to our Facebook events page here and join the fun!

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

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Sketches In Thyme PL Style Sketch #82

Hello, everyone! Good Thursday morning to you! This last full week of summer vacation is flying by for us. Our first day is next Thursday and there is still so much to get done!

I am back today with my take on Sketch #82 at Sketches In Thyme PL Style. This week's sketch is courtesy of Majo:



Since I am still working on Week 30 of 2016 and since Scott's birthday was during that week, I decided this sketch would make a fun filler card for that.


The only thing that I changed up was adding my phrase "sticker" across the two squares instead of on the bottom rectangle. I wanted to leave my arrow paper open to point to the photo of the birthday boy!


Here's a look at both cards together:


My goal is to show you the whole layout by the end of the month after our last sketch of the month has been revealed.

Be sure to stop by Sketches In Thyme PL Style for more design team inspiration throughout the month.

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




Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #224

Hello, everyone! Happy Tuesday to you! I hope that your day is off to a good start. I am keeping Ada for a couple of hours this morning while Abby has a meeting, so we're slowly getting ourselves ready for the old routine to start back up next week.

We have a new sketch posted over at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge this week and I can't wait to see what you create with it! Here is a look at the sketch:




For my card I have used Close To My Heart's "Sugar Rush" collection. You can't tell it too well in the photo, but the base paper is a really pale yellow, and that pink is so soft, too! The ice cream panel is one of the 3x4 cut apart cards from one of the papers. I love that those cut apart cards make such cute, quick, and easy cards!

The sentiment is from Jillibean Soup's Birthday Bisque stamp set. The perfect sentiment for this card!

Be sure to stop by Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge blog tomorrow to see the full design team reveal and the Top 3 from last week. I hope you have some time to play along with us!

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

Monday, August 7, 2017

Use Your Stuff #274 - Inspired By A Quote

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.

We are back from a week off at Use Your Stuff with a new challenge for you.  This week we are challenging you to be "Inspired By A Quote".

I'm not going to lie - these types of challenges are always a challenge for me! I think it is because there are so many wonderful quotes out there, that it is hard for me to pick one. Maybe if it was more specific, like, be inspired by a quote about friends or about love, etc....maybe I wouldn't have such a hard time narrowing it down!

I have created a very quick and easy, clean and simple card for my project this week, using a quote that I have pinned to my Pinterest board:


I honestly could have used this quote on a layout about my family or a card for any one of them because they truly are the sunshine in my life, but I wanted to make a card for my hubby, and since he is not big on this sort of thing, I kept it pretty plain and simple. That is the reason for a big, yellow heart instead of a big sunshine!

Going through this life with a kiddo with autism, well, let's just say that every day is not an easy day, and I am so glad that I have my hubby there by my side helping me navigate it! He truly is the sunshine in my days and I am lucky to have him!

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

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

Make It Monday #93 At The Memory Nest

Hello, everyone! Happy Monday to you! I hope that you had a good weekend and are ready for the new week. This is our last full week of summer vacation. It will be back to the old routine next Thursday...how does summer vacation go by so quickly?

The Memory Nest has a super fun sketch this week for Make It Monday. I knew when I saw it that I was going to like working with it!





For this layout of my youngest son, I have used up the last of my Simple Stories "So Rad" collection. It was my favorite "guy" collection and I hope I can find something to replace it soon!

I snapped this photo of Shane by last fall when we had a family get together at Bennett Springs. I love this photo of him! He was happy and content to sit on the rocks by the swing sets and just hang out.

Be sure to stop by The Memory Nest to see the beautiful layouts from the rest of the design team. I hope you have some time this month to play along with us. I would love to see your take on this fun sketch!

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

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Sketches In Thyme PL Style #81

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

I am back with my take on Sketches In Thyme PL Style's Sketch #81. This fun sketch is courtesy of Shawn:



I really wasn't sure when I went to work with this sketch if I would cut my photos into circles or make this more of a filler type card, but these photos of Shane from a distance in the pool were perfect to cut into circles. I love the way this turned out - that's why it's good to step outside of my comfort zone once in a while!

I am working on week 30 of 2016 this month so you won't see the completed spread until a little later in the month.

I used Echo Park's "Summer Party" 6x6 paper pad for this card. The phrase strips were cut out of one of the papers in the pad. I do think I will go back in and add a couple of hearts around the card. If I do you will see the changes in the complete spread later this month.

Be sure to stop by Sketches In Thyme PL Style to see more inspiration from the design team throughout the month!

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

Can I See? - Lasting Memories #356

Hello, everyone! Good Sunday morning to you! I hope that you are having a good weekend. We are going to have a busy day today with lots of family visits. I am hoping that means I will get lots of opportunities to get fun photos of Ada with her cousins!

We have a new challenge up at Lasting Memories today. Our theme for August is "All About Animals" and this week's challenge is "In The House". We want you to create a layout about those house pets - cats, dogs, turtles, rabbits, etc. Don't worry - if you don't have a house pet you can use some of the animal stickers or embellishments that you have in your stash.


Wow, is this layout on pink overload! I don't do it often, but I figured it was okay since this is a photo of Ada on her first day home from the hospital. Wilfred was so intrigued by her! He couldn't quite figure out what she was. He wouldn't let her out of his sight and he even made himself comfortable on the arm of the couch looking into her little sleep and play bed. (I still need to scrap those photos, too!) They are pretty good buddies now.

I used some super old papers on this layout. I had pulled a lot of my older pink papers when Ada was born and put them into an iris box to make them easier to find. These papers are from an old company called Scrapbook Wizard (anybody even remember them?!) and the copyright is 2002! You can't go wrong with a plaid, a stripe, and a dot pattern!

The wood veneer hearts were an RAK from a good friend and the pearls were also in my iris box with no packaging, but I know they are super old, too.

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

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

Saturday, August 5, 2017

HIMCR #312 - Always Cherry Crazy Nights Color Challenge

Hello, everyone! Happy Saturday! I hope you are having a good weekend so far! It has turned unseasonably cool for the first of August...I like it, but I kind of wish, for these last few days of summer vacation, that it would be hot enough to get in the pool again!

I have some exciting news to share with you today! I am now a member of the Hiding In My Craft Room Design Team! They are a great little challenge blog with weekly challenges posted every Saturday. I am so honored to be a part of this talented team!

This week is my first challenge as a member of the design team and it is a fun color challenge:



You don't have to use this exact colors - just something close.


I also got to work with a great set of printables from The Cutting Cafe called Sweet Summer Treats.


I colored the popsicle with Ruby, Sunset, and Topiary Green inks from Close To My Heart using a blender pen. I used Desert Sand for the popsicle stick. I think it looks yummy enough to eat!

I based my card off of this week's sketch from Clean and Simple Stamping - FTL #27. Be sure to check them out for great sketch challenges!


I don't make a lot of square cards and I don't know why - I really like the way they turn out! Maybe I need to make it a point to make more of these!

Be sure to stop by Hiding In My Craft Room and see what the rest of the design team has created for this week. I hope to see you playing along with us!

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



Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Finding Treasures Everyday

Hello, everyone! Happy Wednesday to you! Things are pretty busy around here with preparing to go back to school. I can't believe that the kids will be back in school in two weeks!

I thought I would pop in here for a bit and share my double page layout for my Double Delight challenge that is going on now over at Soul Scrappers.


The papers are from an older Close To My Heart paper pack called Chantilly. I uncovered these papers when I was going through my stash one day and I set them aside to try and get them used. I love the colors and they were perfect for these photos of Ada on one of our daily walks way back when...in 2015!

Since Ada has come along, she has really helped me to slow down and enjoy the little things even more. On our daily walks, I have had to literally slow down so she could keep up with me - now I am usually trying to keep up with her! - but being forced to slow down made me take notice of all the things around us - like a bird's nest in the cedar trees, an ordinary little clover flower that she thought was just beautiful, and an ordinary rock. On this particular day, she kept picking up rocks and handing them to me to hold on to for her. I couldn't drop a single one, either! She is something else!

Head on over to Soul Scrappers and check out our challenges. I would love to see you over there playing along!

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

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

LTCCB #13 - Happy Birthday From Me To You

Hello, hello! I am back with my third post of the day. You can find my Christmas Cards All Year Round reveal here, and my Sketch N Scrap reveal here.

We have a new challenge starting today over at Love To Craft Challenge Blog. Our challenges are always anything goes and you can link up any type of craft project that you like! You can read all of our rules over on the blog.


I have created a birthday card for my project today. I have used Simple Stories - Let's Party - papers and the sentiment is a stamp from Jillibean Soup - Birthday Bisque. I punched out three tiny stars with my Fiskars mini star hand punch and added it to the sentiment.

Head on over to LTCCB to see the beautiful projects from the rest of the design team. We 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!

Sweeter Than Chocolate - Sketch N Scrap #134

Hello again! I am back with my second post of the day. If you're looking for my Christmas Cards All Year Round reveal, please scroll down or go here.

The first of the month means we have a new sketch posted over at Sketch N Scrap. Lisa has created a fun multi-photo sketch for us to work with:




I really liked the idea of the three smaller photos all in a row on this sketch. I added an extra strip of patterned paper along the right-hand side and omitted the banner in order to add some journaling and a bigger embellishment cluster.

I used Dear Lizzy's - Lovely Day - collection for this layout. The papers were a great match to Miss Ada's shirt in the photos. The tag that says - Um, I love your face - was just perfect and I wish I had about 20 more of those tags to keep adding to projects!

Ada wanted to help her Momma frost my birthday cake. She did a really good job with the cake, but once she had a taste of the icing, she was done! She licked the knife and had icing on her cheek, on her nose, on her hands...so much goodness to be had!

Now, head on over to Sketch N Scrap to see the beautiful layouts that the rest of the design team has made using this sketch.

Thanks so much for stopping by! I will be back soon with one more project for today.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Merry and Bright - Christmas Cards All Year Round

Hello, everyone! Happy (almost) August 1st to you! I can't believe it is August 1st. The new school year will be starting in just a couple of weeks and I'm not sure I am ready to be getting back into that routine just yet.

With it being the first of the month we have a new challenge posted at Christmas Cards All Year Round today. Our challenge for August is "Yellow" - use a little or a lot, just have some yellow on your project.


When I saw what this month's challenge was, I knew that it was time to break into my old Scenic Route - Garland - papers. It has yellow throughout the collection and it has been collecting dust on my paper rack for far too long! The sentiment is a stamp from Fancy Pants' - Merry and Bright - stamp set. 

Since I made this card in July - it counts toward my July goal to make 15 Christmas cards. Sadly, I only made it to 10, but hey, I made more than I normally would have! I will just continue to make a Christmas card every chance I get!

Be sure to stop by Christmas Cards All Year Round to see how much yellow the rest of the design team has used on their projects. 

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

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Christmas Card Challenges #18

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

We have a new challenge up at Christmas Card Challenges today. Our only rule is to make a Christmas/Holiday card, but we do offer an optional challenge if you need a little inspiration. This week's challenge is a photo inspiration challenge:





Since I love snowmen - this challenge was an easy one! I used a pre-colored image from Imagine That! by Kris called Snowman Trio. Pre-colored images are a great way to make a super cute, super quick card! The papers that I used are from Crate Paper's - Bundled Up - 6x6 paper pad. The colors in the papers were a perfect match to the colors in the digi stamp.

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

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


Lasting Memories #355 - On The Farm

Hello, scrappy friends! Good Sunday morning to you! I hope you are having a good weekend. We finally got a break from the heat and are enjoying the beautiful weather this weekend!

We have a new theme and a new challenge up at Lasting Memories today. Our theme for August is "All About Animals" and our first challenge is - On The Farm! Include a farm animal (cow, horse, pig, chicken, sheep, etc.) on your layout. This can be in your photos, in your patterned paper, or in the embellishments.



You would have thought that with my in-laws living on a farm for most of the time that my kids were little that I would have a ton of farm animal photos - but no, I had to find one from a trip to the pumpkin patch!

Shane's preschool class took a trip to the pumpkin patch at a local farm. While they were there they got the chance to see some of the farm animals and Shane loved this little calf!

For this layout, I have used Bella Blvd's "Barnyard" 6x8 paper pad and embellishment pack. It was perfect for this photo. I just love all the little animals in the embellishment pack.They are just too darn cute!

Head on over to Lasting Memories to see the fun - on the farm - layouts from the rest of the design team. We hope to see you playing along with us this month!

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


Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Christmas Card #8 With Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #222



Hello, everyone! Happy Tuesday to you! I hope that your week is off to a good start. We are still having some really hot and dry weather around here. We haven't had to mow in almost two weeks and the grass is turning brown quickly. Even one of our maple trees is starting to lose its leaves...I do hope we get some rain before too much longer. 

I am back today with another Christmas card to share with you using this week's sketch from Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge.




Once again I have used Doodlebug Designs' - Here Comes Santa Claus - 6x6 paper pad for my card. The little Santa on this paper just makes me happy! The sentiment is one of my favorites and is from an old Studio G $1 bin stamp set. 

I have made it to card #8 in my goal to make 15 cards in July. I'll be cutting it close, but I do believe that I will make my goal and have a good stash of Christmas cards ready for this holiday season.

We will have the full design team reveals tomorrow on the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge blog, along with last week's Top 3, so be sure to stop by and check it out!

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

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Lasting Memories #354 - Fun On The Fourth...

Hello, hello! Good Sunday morning to you! I hope you are having a good weekend. We have been spending lots of time in the pool on these hot days and I am happy to say that Miss Ada has learned to swim! It is an amazing thing to see someone so little just take off swimming! She spent quite a bit of time on Friday jumping off the deck into the pool and swimming around a bit before she climbed up the ladder and did it all again! She is a natural at it, that is for sure!

We have a new challenge posted today at Lasting Memories. This is our last challenge of the month - can you believe that July is almost over?! Our theme for July has been - Summer Adventures - and this week our challenge is to go on a scrappy adventure - document a layout in a size you don't normally use. Show us that mini album, traveler's notebook, custom pocket page, etc.


I have scrapped a layout of Miss Ada in 6x8. I am working on her 6x8 album, but have only done pocket style pages, so this is my first actual 6x8 layout. I gotta say - it's a little hard to get used to this size and I'm used to a nice square, so the rectangular shape is a little tricky, but I know I'll get the hang of it before long!

I've been working on pages for Ada's 6x8 album from the Fourth of July 2016. I've made several cards for it already and I have a couple more to make, but I'm hoping to share them all by the end of the month.

I've used Little Yellow Bicycle's - Just Because - 6x6 paper pad for all of her cards/pages. The colors are perfect and the patterns are cute!

Head on over to Lasting Memories to see the beautiful layouts from the rest of the design team. If you get the chance, why don't you play along? Try out that size that you've always wanted to try and see how you like it!

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

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Sketch N Scrap's Sizzlin' Summer Crop Challenge #3

Hello, scrappy friends! Good Saturday morning to you!

I am back with a layout that I made for today's challenge at Sketch N Scrap's - Sizzlin' Summer Crop. I got to pick the sketch for this challenge - which is always fun! Here is the sketch that I picked:




I have used Echo Park's - Summer Dreams - collection for my layout. The pretty, summery colors were perfect for these photos of Ada and the neighbor's dog. There are so many funny stories that I have to tell about this little dog...I know she will be getting a layout all about her - and she isn't even our dog!

Long story short - she lived across the road from us for many years. We didn't even know her name, but Scott thought he had heard her owner call her Trixie, or Dixie, or Pixie, so we just called her "Ixie" - and she would come to us whenever we called her that! We always said that she was Willie's girlfriend because she would come over and they would play all the time. She could run circles around Willie and they truly were the best of friends. Early this year, one of her owners passed away and "Ixie" pretty much lived at our house. She was here from the time we got up and didn't go home until it was dark. Early summer her owner sold her house and moved. When her daughter came to get "Ixie" to take her home we found out her name was really Daisy! I don't know where Scott heard anything close to "Ixie", but to us that is all she will ever be!

Okay, so that wasn't really a short story, but now you know why I think she needs a layout in our album! She was always so good with Ada and loved any kind of "loves" that she could get!

Be sure to check out the Sizzlin Summer Crop. You have until August 2nd to play along with us, and remember, you have to join the crop in order to be eligible for the prize.

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


Friday, July 21, 2017

Sketch N Scrap's Sizzlin' Summer Crop Challenge #2

Hello, everyone! Happy Friday to you! I hope that you have had a good week and are looking forward to the weekend. It's going to be another hot one around here, but we do have rain and a little cool down (if you can call 88 cool!) by the end of the weekend. I do hope we get some rain - our poor yard is turning brown quickly!

Sketch N Scrap's Sizzlin' Summer Crop is in full swing over on our Facebook events page. We've posted two challenges so far and the third will be posted tomorrow. The second challenge was a card sketch challenge:


Here is the card that I created for this challenge:


This is one of my favorite card sketches and I always enjoy when a get another chance to use a favorite.

For this card, I have used Fancy Pants' - Wish Season -  6x6 paper pad. I just love the non-traditional colors in this collection and the papers are just too cute! The sentiment is the Merry & Bright (M1155) stamp from Close To My Heart. I stamped it using Close To My Heart's Juniper ink - it was a perfect match to the greens in this collection. The cute little tree is from the ephemera pack.

I have made it to Christmas card #7. Just 8 more to go to meet my goal of 15 Christmas cards this month! Surely I can make 8 more cards in 11 days!

Why don't you come join the fun with us at our Sizzlin' Summer Crop? We would love to see what you create. You have until August 2nd to add your projects to the challenges, so there's still lots of time to play along!

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

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Sketch N Scrap Card Sketch #102

Hello, everyone! Good Thursday morning to you!

Sketch N Scrap has posted the second card challenge of the month today! Lisa has created another great sketch for us to work with and I can't wait to see what you create with it!




I have created another Christmas card using this fun sketch.This is card #6 for my 15 Christmas cards in July goal. Slowly but surely I will get there!

I have used some old Doodlebug stickers on this card. I think the year on the sticker sheet was 2004...yeah, they've been hanging out in my stash, collecting dust, for long enough! I added each of the sticker circles to a scalloped circle and added foam tape under each one. The sentiment is from an old Studio G $1 bin stamp set. I even remembered to pull out one of my border punches to use on this card! It feels good to show some of my older stuff some love!

Head on over to Sketch N Scrap to see the beautiful creations from the rest of the design team. You have until July 31st to enter any of our challenges for this month for a chance at a fun prize!

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

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Sketches In Thyme PL Style Sketch #79

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

Today I am up on the Sketches In Thyme PL Style blog with my take on sketch #79. Sketch #79 is courtesy of my good friend, Lisa, and I couldn't wait to play along with it!



I am still working on some patriotic cards for Ada's 6x8 album. I am hopeful that after next week's sketch I will have all of the pages done so you can see how all of the cards go together!

This sketch makes a great filler card, but I do think it would make a great photo card, too. Just scale down the banners and the circle embellishment...maybe you will see what I mean with next week's reveal...

I am still using Little Yellow Bicycle's - Just Because - 6x6 paper pad for these cards. The word stickers on this card are from Bella Blvd's - All American - sticker sheet. It's a little hard to tell in the photo, but both of the bigger stars have foam tape underneath them to give them a little dimension.

Be sure to stop by Sketches In Thyme PL Style for inspiration throughout the month!

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

Paper Play Sketches #47

Hello and Happy Wednesday to you! It's the middle of the week and it'll be the weekend before we know it!

The middle of the week means we have a new challenge up at Paper Play Sketches and this week we have a sketch challenge for you:





I am continuing to try to get a total of 15 Christmas cards made in July. This makes #5...I think I'd better get with it or I may just wind up being lucky to get 10 made! I will keep at it!

I love this basic sketch. Sometimes that is all that you need to get started creating! I used Doodlebug's - Here Comes Santa Claus - 6x6 paper pad for this card. The papers in this pad are so cute that you don't have to add a lot of extra things to it!

Head on over to Paper Play Sketches to see the beautiful cards from the rest of the design team. I hope you find some time to play along with us this week, I would love to see what you create!

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

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Hello Adventure - Sketches In Thyme #285

Hello, everyone! Good Tuesday morning to you! I hope if it's hot where you are that you are finding a fun way to keep cool. We're going to be back in the mid 90's today, so there will be lots of staying inside in the air conditioning or swimming in the pool. I don't know if my youngest son can go a day without getting in the pool, at least for a little while!

Today is the day that I am featured over on the Sketches In Thyme blog with my take on sketch #285, courtesy of Bev Code. This is a great sketch featuring both a vertical and horizontal photo on it. Those types of sketches are hard to find!




When I saw this sketch I knew I wanted to use these photos of Scott and Ada since they were in the orientation that was needed. I used the "Some Kinda Wonderful" collection from Close To My Heart on this layout. The blues in the paper were a perfect match for Scott's shirt, and it has black and green in it as well. I wanted to add just a pop of pink since it was on some of the embellishments, and every Ada layout needs just a little bit of pink on it somewhere!

To be honest, I wasn't going to leave the pink (love this) sticker on the photo, but once it even remotely touched the photo it was not coming back up without a fight - and a ripped photo - so we went with it!

Instead of adding an actual banner to the top left corner, I added a few banner pieces - just my preference!

I love the way that this layout turned out - probably because these are some of my favorite papers right now, and mostly because of the subjects!

Be sure to check out Sketches In Thyme every day for more design team inspiration! I would love to see your take on this fun sketch! We have a great prize being offered this month, so be sure and check it out!

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