Monday, June 5, 2017

Happy Birthday

Hello everyone.  Time for another card sketch challenge over at Sketch~N~Scrap. Come and play along!

Here is today's sketch

And here is my creation.  This card came together pretty quickly.  I used scraps from a layout I created earlier in the month (may look familiar huh?)

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Adventure Joy Fun

I found this old picture of my now 18 year old daughter and couldn't wait to create a layout using it.  You sometimes forget how sweet and adorable they were before the "teen" years arrive lol.

I found this great sketch challenge over at Let's Get Sketchy and it is perfect for this photo.

Here is the sketch

And this is what I came up with
I used a distress ink on the edges of all the patterned paper and ran it across the background cardstock to add some depth.  It's so bright in my house right now (problems right?) that you can't really see that.


Hello! I am in the graduation mode at the moment.  My daughter just graduated high school and we are getting everything ready for a big party!  C an't wait.  So when I found this challenge over at Moving Along With The Times I couldn't wait to pull out my one and only graduation stamp and get crafting!! I paired it with a great sketch from Try Stampin' On Tuesday

Here is the sketch...
The challenge over at Moving Along With The Times is GRADUATION

This is what I came up with
I used an embossing folder on the background to create the caps and added a little sparkle with glitter washi tape and a little glitter cap.  Wish I would have thought of this when I was trying to come up with invites to the party!!

Shine Bright

Good morning! Welcome to another great sketch for Sketch~N~Scrap! I really enjoyed this one.  I searched for a photo and found this one of my son from when he graduated and couldn't wait to use it. 
Here is the sketch

And here is what I came up with.  It's hard to believe this was two years ago! He's going to be 20 soon and his sister just graduated.  Time goes by so fast!!

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Turning 40

So, I'm a bit behind scrapping these photos of my hubby's 40th birthday dinner (he's going to be 42 this year) but truth be told I forgot I had them until today!! Oops.  Better late than never.

I found this great two page sketch challenge over at Let's Scrap and it's perfect for these photos.  Since I took them on my phone they are all facing the same way (not sure how that happened).

I love the simplicity of this layout.  So many different options!

Here is my layout

Thursday, May 25, 2017

HI Hottie!

Finally! Some much needed time in my craft room!  I've gotten two challenges for the design team I'm on done already and now to enjoy some challenges.  I used these two challenges for the card below.  What fun. I'm loving the colors from "Just Us Girls".  So summery and bright.  Maybe it'll bring some summery weather our way! The sketch I got from Freshly Made Sketches.

Here is what I came up with

Saturday, May 6, 2017

October 97 NSD5 5th bday bash

Hello! I hope you are enjoying the Sketch~N~Scrap Birthday bash!! This is our second installment in the sketch fun!  This layout came together quite easily for me.  It just poured out of me!!

Here is what I created.  I found these pictures from my oldest son's baptism (he'll be 20 in June!).  The lovely lady on the right is his Great Grandma, who we just lost last year so it makes finding these pictures bitter sweet.

Now it's your turn! Create your layout and load it to Sketch~N~Scrap!!

Friday, May 5, 2017

Your Invited

Good morning crafters! Here is another installment for the Sketch~N~Scrap design team.  This sketch was a lot of fun.  I think I finished this whole card in about 25 minutes.  The idea just flew out of my head. 

Here is what I came up with.  I showed it to my daughter and these are now going to be her invites to her high school graduation party! Thankfully I don't have to make to many as there was a lot of hand cutting and die cutting on this lol.

Supplies: cardstock, lacy border punch, lacy embossing folder, leaf dies, regarding dahlias stamp set~Stampin' Up!, ink~The Stamps of Life

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Here Comes Santa Claus NSD5 5th Bday bash

Welcome to our first NSD5 5th birthday bash sketch! So happy your here and I hope you'll play along through the whole month!!  I found this cute picture of my kids from long ago and just couldn't pass up the chance to use it with this great sketch from Sketch~N~Scrap. This was a fun layout to do. I love the circles in the background and love being able to pull out my circle stencils from Kiwi Lanes and create with them.

This is what I came up with

Monday, May 1, 2017

Let's Slide!

I had a lot of fun with this great sketch from Sketch~N~Scrap.  The layout itself came together quite fast. I was going to use it for a Mother's Day page and add the photos later but once I started I just "needed" to add pictures.  

I found these cute pictures of my youngest at the park and couldn't resist.  Normally I wouldn't use such "girly" colors and embellishments but, heck, why not?!

Now it's your turn.  Head over to Sketch~N~Scrap and join in!!

Here is what I came up with.  I'm loving how bright it is and it just makes me happy lol.
Supplies: cardstock, rhinestone brads, and painted blooms dsp paper~Stampin' Up!, flowers~Multicraft Imports, alphabet letters (remarks)~American Crafts, sweetheart, mini paisley place border, tiny tags~Kiwi Lane, journal line stamp~The Stamps of Life.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Hello Dear Friend

Hello again! I'm here with another great sketch from Sketch~N~Scrap.  As soon as I saw this layout I knew exactly what stamp set I wanted to use.  I just recently "found" it again lol.  Hiding in my stash.  Crazy right?!

Here is the fabulous sketch...

 And this is what I came up with.  All the products are things I've had for quite some time and just never got around to using.

Supplies: cardstock, ribbon and dsp~Stampin' Up!, stamps and dies~My Favorite Things, ink~The Stamps of Life

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Believe Shine

Good morning! Here is another great layout challenge for the design team over at Sketch~N~Scrap.  I was originally just going to create the layout and come up with pictures later but then I remembered I had these selfies that I've been taking during my life style change. 

I have been up and down a roller coaster with my weight over the years.  The worst being I topped out at 248 lbs.  A friend thought I was pregnant and that was the beginning of me losing the weight. I got to a comfortable weight of 155 and was happy but still having issues with bouncing back and forth to 200 and back down. 

Back in October I found a great company called 310 and have never looked back. I've not only learned that I don't need so many of the things I was putting into my body and that I LOVE to cook!! Who knew?!  I'm down now to a weight and size I never thought I'd be at, EVER and am very happy with my body, mind and spirit. 

The page I created is only half the story, I still have pictures I haven't printed that are the ending.  I'll create that at a later time and share it. 

Here is the sketch

And here is my layout
I used a lot of patterns and colors to share how good I've felt as I took these pictures.  I've never been one to want my picture taken, now I want my husband to take the camera and include me in on everything!!

Supplies: chalkboard paper pack~We Are Memory Keepers, rings, lacy trims and adventure sten

Monday, March 20, 2017

Birthday Cake!

Good morning.  Today is another wonderful day for a sketch challenge over at Sketch~N~Scrap. I had fun with this one.  I made a birthday card since my girlfriends birthday just past, it was perfect.

Here is the sketch for your inspiration

Here is my card

And I also decorated the inside.  I like adding a little extra...

All that's left is writing a personal message and giving it away.  That's the best thing about making cards, giving them away! Don't you agree?

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Time With You FMS279

I'm loving the sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches. Once I decided on an image I wanted to use it came together quite fast.  I even got some coloring in!  This sketch has so many different options, you could create a multitude of different cards all using it!

Here is my card.  I kept the color pallet pretty simple and didn't use any patterned paper since I knew I was going to be coloring the image in.  I did use an embossing folder on the yellow cardstock to add some depth and dimention.

Supplies: stamps ~ Unity, carstock, embossing folder and pearls ~ Stampin' Up!

Thank You Try Stampin' On Tuesday Challenge #313

Good morning! I have been wanting to play in my scrap room for some time now and I finally have a couple of days with no work.  I'm fighting some sort of bug but it's not going to stop me!  I saw this cute sketch over at Try Stampin' On Tuesday and just had to give it a shot.

I did change it up a tad but I wanted to use a stamp set that I've not used before, and truth be told not sure I'll be able to figure out other uses for it.  I really love it though and I know it has so many options, I just need to spend time to figure them out. I also went a little out of my comfort zone with using the ribbon.  I'm not a huge fan of ribbon, but again, I have tons of it!! Gotta use it up!

Supplies: cardstock ~ Stampin' Up!, ribbon, stamp set, ink and patterned paper ~ The Stamps of Life

Wednesday, March 15, 2017


Hello again! I've been a little MIA this past few weeks.  Lots going on and just not enough days in the month.  Here is my layout for the Sketch~N~Scrap March 15th layout sketch. I chose to do a two page spread as I had way to many photos of my son playing golf lol.  I just couldn't choose three!!

Here is the sketch for inspiration

Here is what I came up with.  I used the title on my second page to help it flow from one to the other better.  I used mostly paper embellishments on this layout and just a few metal. 

Monday, February 20, 2017

Believe in Myself

Good morning everyone.  Today is the 20th and that means another card sketch from over at Sketch~N~Scrap.

This sentiment strikes me deep down.  Most of us don't believe in ourselves enough.  This is just a sweet reminder that you are just as important!!
I used chalking ink from Quick Quotes to color the flowers.  I love this technique and it adds just a bit of pop! 

Have a wonderful day and don't forget to check out everyone's projects and jump on in and create one yourself!!

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

My Dog (dogs)

 Thanks for joining us for another Sketch~N~Scrap challenge.

I don't know about you but I have so many pictures of my dogs.  It's almost as bad as all the pictures of my kids! They are just so cute and I catch them laying together all the time I just can't help but grab my camera or phone.

Here is the February 15th sketch from over at Sketch~N~Scrap.  Head on over and check the rest of the design team out and join in on the fun!!

This is what I came up with. I've had this title FOREVER! I wasn't sure I wanted to use it at first but it pretty much sums up the page and this is just how my dogs always are lol.

These two almost never let me take their photos.  Every time I grab the camera they move or run away (again, just like my kids).  So it's nice to get these.  Murphy (the white dog) thought he was getting a treat!!

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Share My Fries

Good morning! Who loves fries? I do, I do!! I couldn't pass up the chance to use this cute fry set and dies from The Stamps of Life.  When I saw the card sketch for Sketch~N~Scrap this set just jumped out and screamed "Use Me"! Don't forget to head on over to Sketch~N~Scrap to check out the rest of the design team and to upload your own creation!!

This is a fun one this week everyone.  I love the tags (which you could always change to a different shape). I chose to stay with using the tags as the image is so large I don't think anything else would have been visible from behind it.

Here is the sketch for Feb. 5th.

Here is my take on it

I also decorated the inside.  I love adding just a little something that the recipient isn't expecting!

Supplies: frenchfries2stamp, patterns4frenchfries, saying4frenchfries, french fry dies, mustard and cranberry ink~The Stamps of Life, blue, yellow and red cardstock, rhinestones~Stampin' Up!, tag stencils~KiwiLane Designs, happy birthday stack pack patterned paper~Creative Memories

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

So Patient

Good morning! I've had these pictures of my son for over a year now and just didn't know what to do with them.  I love the effect of the sunlight on the photos, it's almost like there's a rainbow on him!  He was so excited to be able to ride in the bed of this tractor, until they started going up and down all the hills. Then he couldn't wait to get off!!

I love the sketch for Sketch~N~Scrap's February 1st layout challenge.  Such a great layout and so easy to change up for any photos you'd like to use.

This is the sketch
This is what I came up with

Supplies: Paper~mid century mod-The Paper Studio
               Stencils~madison avenue, tiny brackets, elements,tiny explore- KiwiLane Designs
               Stickers~alphabet-The Paper Studio, stars-Me &My Big Ideas, pearls-Close to my Heart
              Ink~vintage photo distress ink-Ranger (Tim Holtz)

Friday, January 20, 2017

Crazy About You

Hello!  Here is my second card sketch challenge from over at Sketch ~N~ Scrap.  I am having a blast working on these sketches and getting to share them with everyone.  I decided to do a "love" card since Valentine's day is just around the corner.  Not sure yet if this will be the hubby's card or not.

Here is the sketch

And here is the card I came up with.  I'm normally a background paper kinda girl but decided on this card to use an embossing folder.  To be honest the embossing folder is the reason this card ended up a love card and not the baby card I was intending. 

Supplies: Stampin' Up!~ carstock and love embossing folder, wood elements and sticker pack.