Saturday, December 24, 2016


I am so excited to announce that I've been chosen to be a part of the Sketch ~N~ Scrap design team.  It's been a bit since I've been on a design team and I am so looking forward to sharing my work with you and others.  Check out their blog (and mine) starting January 1st for new projects and challenges to play around with.

Friday, November 18, 2016


I love this time of year.  The leaves falling, cooler weather, the smell of camp fires.  Brings out the festive side.  I wish I had more crafting items for this time of year.  I wanted to join in on a couple of challenges today and had to search my entire stash and finally found this one stamp that I knew would work.
This is what I came up with.  The wood pieces gave me a bit of a hassle but I finally got them to stay on.   The only bad thing is that I ended up with a smudge of ink from the wood piece on my cardstock.
Supplies: stamp set-Unity Stamps, cardstock-Stampin' Up!, wood pieces and embossing folder-Stampin' Up!, colored pencils-hobby lobby.

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Linda 1951

I have been hard at work trying to get all these photos I received, when my Grandma passed away, scrapped so that I could give my mom an album for Christmas.  I thought I had such a daunting project ahead of me but when I went through the rest of the photos today, an separated them into piles, it's really not that bad.

Since most of the photos are only 1 or 2 in a group I've been doing a lot of one page layouts.  I am so not used to this, as I take so many photos I always do two page layouts.  I found a great layout challenge over at Sketch~N~Scrap.  Finding these layouts helps so much and makes the pages come together way faster than I'd be able to on my own.

Here's the layout
Here is my finished layout

Supplies: boho chic & country road paper packs-The Paper Studio, travel charms-The Paper Studio, firefly cedar flowers-Prima Marketing, alphabet-Cricut font, typeset alphabet-Stampin' Up!, cardstock-Close To My Heart, edge punch-Stampin' Up!

Friday, November 11, 2016

Warm Birthday Wishes

I'm totally in love with penquins.  My family laughs at me because every time we go to the zoo I just have to see the penquins.  If we don't I'm just not a happy camper.  They are always doing the same thing and in the same place but I HAVE to see them. 
So it's no surprise that when I saw this new stamp set from Sunny Studios I just HAD to buy it.  I mean what could be cuter? It's got penquins and you can "bundle" them up!!
The sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches is perfect for this set.  I love that the image area is smaller and will fit this cute little penquin perfectly.
I'm also entering this to Seize the Birthday
Here is my finished card.  
Here's a look at the inside.  I've really gotten into "designing" the inside to give a little added flare.

Supplies: bundled up set and dies-Sunny Studios, grey, pink and white cardstock-Stampin' Up, tag stamp and die-The Stamps of Life

Penquin Happiness

I started working on my Christmas cards about a week ago and came to a quick halt.  I knew I wanted to use penquins on the front but once I colored in the images the rest of the card just fell apart.  I couldn't find a good patterned paper to use and the colors seemed all wrong.

This morning I saw the sketch over at Try Stampin' on Tuesday and then it just all seemed to click.  I needed to change my card base from a red to a neutral of grey and then everything started working.  I love that something as simple as a sketch can spark my creativity and get the card finished.  Now to make about 20 or so more!!
Here is my finished card.  The twine I used has silver thread running through it.  To bad the picture doesn't really show that.  As you can see I did change it just a tad bit.  I love this top note die from Stampin' Up! and I really wanted to use it on this card.  Since my image is so large it fit better than using the strips.

I like to stamp as much as I can on the inside of my cards.  I'll still add a personal message but it makes it so much easier to get a huge amount done.


Friday, November 4, 2016

Merry and Bright CTS #197

Yup, another Christmas card.  I saw this stamp set from Avery Elle used on another blog and knew I just had to have it.  It's so much fun and you can create so many different cards and layouts with it.  I can't wait to "decorate" a tree with it!

I used the sketch over at CASE(E) this Sketch! for this card.  I stamped the background and used a rectangle stitched die to create the background.  I really wanted to use the string of lights but wasn't sure how.  So I chose to use it on the front and put my sentiment on the inside.

Here is what I came up with


Supplies: retro ornaments stamp set and dies-Avery Elle, ink-The Stamps of Life, cardstock-Stampin' Up!

Let it Snow!

Is it bad that I'm looking forward to the snow? I'm sure most people would think so, I know my family does, but I just love watching it snow.  Now driving in it is a totally different story!!  This card is just perfect for the snow lover in me.  I can look at the pretty flakes, stamp them in any color I want but I don't have to clean it up or drive in it.  Win win!!

I used Try Stampin' On Tuesday's sketch this week.  Love the layout of it and have a few other ideas in mind.
Here is my card

 And a close up of my flakes.  I used snowflakes2stamp and snowflakes dies from The Stamps of life. 

stamps, dies, ink and embellishments all from The Stamps of Life, cardstock from Stampin' Up! and background paper is from Crate Paper.

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Merry Christmas FMS260

I am trying to resist the feeling to put on Christmas music as I make these cards.  I'm pretty sure my family would run screaming if I did.  I just can't help that I hum it while I'm making every one.  Really, I should be making Halloween cards or Thanksgiving cards but Christmas are the ones I know I'll send out when the time comes.

I used this great sketch from Freshly Made Sketches.  Once I figured out which stamp set I wanted to use it came together pretty well.  While digging through my collection of scraps I found this great sparkle paper and couldn't resist using it.
Here is my finished card.  I'm really liking the added sparkle without the added mess to my craft space. 
Supplies: cranberry, white and sparkle cardstock, 12 days of Christmas paper-my minds eye, cranberry, licorice and artichoke ink-The Stamps of Life, ornaments4Christmas and moreornaments4Christsmas sets-The Stamps of Life, ornaments die set-The Stamps of Life

Friday, October 28, 2016


Here is a layout of my Mom and my Grandma's youngest sister.  My mom is only about 2 in this photo. I'm hoping to get all of these photos scrapped so I can give my mom a scrapbook for Christmas with all these great memories of her childhood and  her mothers.  These photos are so hard to come by and I'm so glad I was able to get my hands one them.

I used another sketch from Let's Get Sketchy.  This is October's week 3 sketch.

I made a couple of little changes to the layout to suit what I wanted.  I still feel like it's missing something but it's finished none the less.  The photo didn't turn out as well as I'd had hoped but here it is.



I absolutely love old photos.  When my Grandma passed I was able to have some of the photos from her life.  These are a treasure I'll never want to loose or forget.  Even though I don't know everything that leads up to the pictures being taken, I still have a bit of her past and can have memories for my children to always be able to look back on.

These photos happen to be of my mom and three of her four siblings.  Looking at these I can't believe how much I look like her, even when she was younger.  We are definitely twins!

I chose this one page layout from Let's Get Sketchy because most of the photos don't have enough for a two page spread (which is how I usually scrap).  Doing these one page layouts really gets my brain thinking.

Here is my layout

Monday, October 24, 2016

Moments Like This

Here is a layout of my kids first day of school from two years ago.  I love taking these pictures every year and seeing how much they've grown in the past year.  It's hard to believe that my youngest was going into 8th grade here.  Now he's half way through his freshman year.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Merry Christmas Santa

This card took me a bit of time to come up with.  I finally got an order in the mail yesterday and couldn't wait to use it! I got the inside of the card all finished and had a complete blank when it came to the front.  Instead of just doing whatever to it I left it until this morning.  Fresh eyes and fully awake brain seemed to help.  I found this great sketch over at Mojo Monday and paired it with a celebrations challenge over at Stampin' Royalty and the below card is what I came up with.

Here is the inside.  This is what started the whole process.  I'm loving these pop up inserts. I'm not quite finished.  I'm wanting to add some sort of design inside as well.

Supplies: santa2stamp stamp set, santa dies, mini lights stamps and dies, happy holidays drop in dies (all items from The Stamps of Life), patterned paper-Anna Griffin, mistletoe hemp-lawn fawn, white liquid applique

Friday, October 21, 2016

Happy Birthday!

Here is another card I've made using two more awesome challenges.  Freshly Made Sketches, Color Throwdown and Seize the Birthday. I am really enjoying myself today.  In between cleaning and doing laundry I get to get some much needed craft therapy.  I'm loving my new scrap room and find it so much easier to be creative.   

"Lots of Leaves"
And here is what I came up with.  This took me a bit.  I really wanted to add in the leaves and birthday wish but was having a really hard time.  Then I remembered I had these great leaf dies! Presto!!

How are you?

I am loving the colors at Just Us Girls this week.  Unfortunately, since I started it the challenge ended.  Oh well, I'm loving this card anyway.  I paired it with the sketch challenge at

Here is the card I created for these two challenges.  I wanted to use a Christmas set without making it a Christmas card.  I'm loving the way it turned out and I love these unconventional colors. 
Supplies: christmas2build stamp set, kind words, stitched squares and Christmas dies, artichoke, mustard, storm and raspberry ink, jewels, yellow twine and candy cane embossing folder.  (stamp set, dies and inks are all from The Stamps of Life)


I love this stamp set that I found from Red Rubber stamps. It's perfect for this time of year and when I saw this color challenge over at ColourQ this set jumped right into my head.  I also used the sketch from Try Stampin' On Tuesday.

 And here is what I came up with
Supplies: galoshes & umbrella stamp set by Deep Red, pumpkin pie, basic black, tempting turquoise, lovely lilac and whisper white cardstock, linen thread, jewel stones, embossing folder, hello word die & stitched square die from The Stamps Of Life.

Friday, October 14, 2016

Grad Party ~ Stick It Down Challenge

Here is another layout for my sons graduation.  This time it's pictures from his party.  I didn't get to many, as he hates having his picture taken, but I'm loving the ones I do have.  Everyone seemed to really have a great time and made his day that much better.
He had so many struggles in high school and he rose above them and came out on the other side stronger and happier.   
Here is my layout

Supplies: patterned paper stampin' up!, templates kiwi lane, alphabet-cricket, silver brads

Updated Challenge List

Good morning.  While doing my usual morning project peaking, I found some great "new" challenge blogs.  What do I mean by new? They are new to me.  Check out my challenge blog list and the new ones are right on top.  I get so much inspiration from these blogs, even when I don't participate in the challenges.


Sunday, October 9, 2016

Graduate~ Let's Get Sketchy Challenge

Today I'm working on a layout for my new scrap room.  I'm in desperate need of new artwork and this sketch offers the perfect inspiration.  I have all of my son's graduation pictures that I still haven't done anything with.  Such a perfect way to get a start and add some new artwork.

Here's my layout

Supplies: my minds eye paper, kiwi lanes stencils, tim holtz embellishments, mftstamps alpahbet dies

Friday, October 7, 2016

Hello ctd413, cts #193

I recently rediscovered the Color Throwdown challenge blog.  I finally got to sit and craft using one of their challenges. I paired it with CASE(E) this Sketch! challenge and got the card below.  I started with one idea for this sketch and it just didn't work (the ice cream cone was WAY to big), then I thought a Halloween card would be fun and I ended up with this cute pumpkin card.  Just goes to show how the creative process works. All in all, not what I was looking for but it works.

Here's my card!

Supplies: pumpkins2cut stamp set, pumpkin dies, hello die and pumpkin ink (stamps of life), crumbcake, pumpkin pie, island indigo, whisper white cardstock and autumn wooden elements (stampin up), pumpkin twine and background paper.