Tuesday, September 5, 2017


Welcome to another installment of Sketch~N~Scrap card sketch challenge! I've been trying to use different stamp sets that I have accumulated over the years and haven't really "broke" in.  This time I used a really cute bee set.

Here is the sketch

Here is my card

And the finished inside

Supplies: banana and kiwi cardstock, white cardstock, hello die, hello friend paper pack, kiwi/ocean/white twine, hive4bees stamp set, bee dies (all items are from The Stamps of Life)

Friday, September 1, 2017

Cantigny Park

Welcome to another wonderful Sketch~N~Scrap layout challenge.  Today I chose to use pictures of my sons 8th grade history class trip to Cantigny Park (I totally forgot about them until I found them lol)

Here is the sketch

Here's my layout.  I did change the picture layout up a bit as my husband was on this trip and only took 1 way pictures.  It worked out well in the end though.

I used a lot of Kiwi Lane templates for this layout.  I didn't really have a lot of embellishments that worked with this paper so using the templates kept it easy and simple.

Friday, August 25, 2017

Count Your Blesssings

Hello! I am back and having some crafting fun today.  I created this card using a sketch from Stampnation.  I recently joined and am loving all the inspiration over there.  This is the first challenge I've done there and can't wait to see the end result of the contest.

Here is my card I made.  This is basically a one layer card.  My white cardstock is so thin that I had to mount it onto something or it wouldn't stand.

Supplies: seaglass, pixie, banana and candy ink, hooray4kitclub sentiment stamps, candles4birhtday and morecandles2stamp stampsets (all items listed above are from The Stamps of Life), tuxedo black ink, white cardstock, pink cardstock, pink/white twine

Monday, August 21, 2017

Happiness is...Just Us Girls Challenge #407

Good morning! I started making this card yesterday and it just wouldn't cooperate for me.  Needless to say the first one ended up torn and in the garbage (we all have projects like that right?)

So this morning I gave it another go.  I used the color challenge from Just Us Girls and let me say I SO wanted to do patriotic for this but felt the need to go out of the box and not! 

Here is the challenge

Here is my finished card.  I'll be honest the card came together rather quickly but getting a decent picture took forever.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Sprinkling You

Good morning and welcome to another Sketch~N~Scrap card sketch challenge.  I had a lot of fun with my new donut stamp set! This card came together super fast (or my mojo finally came back).

Here is the sketch

Here is my card

Supplies: donut dies, donuts2stamp, cardstock and designer paper, twine and sparkle red paper.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Spidy Pumpkin

I am so excited about the coming season.  For some reason when fall hits I feel renewed and ready to go.  When the leaves fall it's like a new year ( I know, I know, spring is usually the start over point). I love the fall smells, decorations and the cool, crisp air that comes. 

So, when Stephanie Barnard came out with the new pumpkin fold it card I just HAD to have it!! Then she came out with the makers challenge over at Sizzix using her fold it cards and boom, this card was born lol. I am so happy with how this turned out and I think I'm going to make some for Thanksgiving to!

I've had this paper sitting around for about 4 years now.  I love the different patterns so I haven't been using it in fear of using it all up.  But the web paper just seemed to fit!

Supplies: pumpkin fold it die,  bewitched patterned paper, tangerine tango, whisper white, chocolate cardstock,

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Live Simply

Live Simply, that is such a great way to live. I love how dogs have such a simple life.  All they need is food, water and lots and lots of love. 

I found this great picture of one of my dogs and just had to use it.  I can't believe I hadn't yet!  I took this during the winter but love how it turned out using this summer paper pack I found. 

I used the sketch from Sketch~N~Scrap to create this.

Here is the finished project.  How can you resist that face?!

Saturday, August 5, 2017


Good morning! Time for another amazing card sketch challenge from Sketch~N~Scrap! This was a bit of a challenge for me. I couldn't figure out how to get the sentiment to work for me.  Then I remembered I have TONS of paper punches!

Here is the sketch

And here is my card.  All the cardstock and papers I used came out of my scrap stash.  I have way to many so it was nice to get to use a "few" up.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Happy Summer

I can't believe it's already August 1st! Where has the time gone?  My youngest will soon be starting his sophomore year and he's my last to finish up school.  So not ready!!  What better way to "prolong" summer than with a great challenge from Try Stampin' On Tuesday!! Not only do they have a great sketch but they have a optional theme of "Dog Days of Summer". Perfect.

I chose to use a watermelon stamp set from The Stamps of Life.  This set is just to cute and I love the step stamping it has to create multiple colors.

Wild 2

Well, I finally had time to get the second page done for the Wild layout I did a bit ago that you can see HERE. I really love scrapping in two page spreads and when I still had tons of these rock climbing photos left over I knew I'd have to find another sketch so I could finish it.

I decided to use the sketch challenge from Sketch~N~Scrap to compete this! It came together so fast I think this was my quickest layout yet (in under 30 minutes)!!

Here is the sketch

As you can see I did change it up by flipping it.  This works best with the first half of the layout

I decided not to add any embellishments as the paper is pretty busy already and it keeps it simple.

Saturday, July 22, 2017


Okay, I couldn't resist! I had to do it!!  I've been seeing so many advertisements for Christmas in July and when I saw these stamps from Stamps By Judith and Heather I knew I'd be using them asap!!

I love anything to do with the time between October 1st and December 31st! If I could craft fall and holiday all year I SO would.  I loved using it for this sketch from the Sketch~N~Scrap Sizzlin' Summer Crop. 

Here is my card. This came together so quickly that I think I may have found my Christmas card this year.  Even the cutting out didn't take that long!


I found these cute pictures of my oldest and thought instantly of using the new paper stack I found.  He's now 20, but I remember this day so clearly.  He wasn't to fond of trying many of the activities that were planned that day but for some reason the rock wall really caught his eye.

Here is the sketch I used from Sketch~N~Scrap Sizzlin' Summer Crop!

And here is my finished layout.  I actually have enough pictures that I'm most likely going to create a second page for this. 

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Happy Birthday!

Hello! Back again with another great card sketch challenge from Sketch~N~Scrap. Lately I've been making a lot of birthday cards.  Not sure why, just seem to pop right out of me.

Here is the sketch

And here is my card

Loving how bright this card is! I used the birthday hat and versamark to create the background and a birthday themed embossing folder to add a little pop.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017


Hello everyone!  Here with another wonderful card sketch from Sketch~N~Scrap!  I recently got some new items for organizing my scrap room and it has made me use items I haven't used in forever! I used paper punches that I've had lovingly tucked away in a dresser and a stamp set that was in a nice cubed storage bin.  You can check out what I did here!!

Anyway, enough about my storage issues lol and on to the wonderful June 5th sketch

I really enjoyed this one.  It came together super quick and turned out really cute.  I even pulled out some old stickles that I had and used them! Say what?! My husband is so happy I'm actually using the items I've been purchasing lol.

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Organization Heaven!

My husband and I recently took a trip to our local Ikea (by local I mean and hour away lol) to get some shelving I had seen in a video.  I wanted to get all my stamps out of bins and put up where I could see them and therefore be able to actually use them.

We walked around the entire store only to realize they no longer sell the piece I saw (sad face).  I did find a wall plate rack that I made into a ribbon holder as well as a nice tall shelf for my stamps (yay)!!

I also was able to get two slim line ink pad holders, two punch holders and a marker holder from Stampnstorage.  Loving these!!

Here is where I sit and find all my inspiration as well as uploading projects to my blog

The awesome wall plate holder from Ikea

The shelving unit I found at Ikea as well

A view of the other half of the room

The rest of my work space

My Ikea shelving with my new ink holders and punch holders

Roll top desk hubby found me. I finally got it organized to hold my big shot and dies.  The unit next to it holds all my paper scraps.  Awesome!!!


Hello and welcome to another installment of Sketch~N~Scrap layout challenge.  This layout worked great with these cute pictures of my youngest blowing bubbles on the 4th a few years ago. He had such a blast and wanted everyone to join in!

Here is the layout...
Here is my layout...
I have a ton more photos of this day so I will have lots of summer crafting in my future lol. 

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Live The Life...

I've recently been going through old photos and found this one from my daughter's bridging ceremony (years ago) of my grandma, mom, me and my daughter.  It's rare to get a 4 generation photo and since my grandma has since passed this is extra special. 

I'm using a sketch challenge from Let's Get Sketchy.  It's such a cheerful sketch and I have the perfect paper for it (since the photo is a bit washed out).  I love hexagons so this was perfect and I even have hexagon shaped thin dies!!

Here is the sketch...
This is what I came up with...
Not the best picture as it's rainy and dark here.

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!!