Friday, December 15, 2017


Such a fun time finding old photos of my Grandpa with my mom and her siblings.  They even have my dad and a few other added in!

I used the sketch from Sketch~N~Scrap on my layout. These sketches have really helped me get this album put together fast and easy.

Here is the sketch...

Here is my finished layout.  I tried to keep it somewhat masculine.  Hoping I pulled it off. 

Tuesday, December 5, 2017


Good morning and welcome to another card sketch challenge from Sketch~N~Scrap.  I have some new stamps and paper to play with and couldn't wait to use it on this sketch. Unicorns are one of my favorite things and I'm loving this stampset!

This is the sketch...

And here is the card I came up with...

I used a bit of stickles on the horn and below the sentiment to add a little "sparkle" to the card.

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Summer Memories

I'm enjoying some much needed scrapping time.  Since starting my new job, with weekends off, I find that my creative mojo has finally come back.  And with a little help from this awesome sketch challenge at Let's Get Sketchy I'm one page closer to finishing this album!

Here is the sketch

And her is my layout.  You can see it's sister HERE


I have been working on an heritage album for my mom for Christmas and I'm almost complete! I can't believe how fast its been going together.  These wonderful sketch challenges I've been doing have really made a big difference.  The pages just go together so quick and easy.

I used the sketch form Sketches In Thyme to create the layout below.

This is the sketch I used...

And here is my completed layout... You can see the sister page HERE.

Sunday, November 19, 2017


Here is another layout for my mom's Christmas album.  I'm having such a good time working on this.  The only hard thing is coming up with different ways to use embellishments so each page doesn't have the same stuff.

I chose a sketch challenge from GrandDiva's Creative Corner for this layout.  It was a lot of fun and the layout came together quite nicely.

Here is my finished layout.  I used a die to create the title and after I cut it I had to do a internet search because it just didn't look right lol.  It's spelled correctly though. 

Title Page

Here is the first page my mom will see when she opens her album on Christmas.  It took me a bit to find the perfect picture but I finally found this one of her and my grandma.  Love it!

I used the following sketch form Stick it Down as inspiration for this layout.

Here is the finished layout.  I'm really happy with it except it seems that everything is just slightly tilted.  Hopefully my mom won't notice.


Here is another layout in the Christmas gift album I'm creating.  I'm loving how fast this is coming together.  I just might get this all done with time to spare!

I used a layout from Sketches In Thyme. It's somewhat similar to one of the other sketches I've done but I think it came out pretty good.

Here is my finished layout.  All about my grandpa. He was such a wonderful man. 

Fran Part 2

Here I am plugging away on another layout for my mother's Christmas present.  I so can't wait to see her face when I give this to her! I'm loving making a homemade gift for her and something she'll treasure for ever.

I created this layout using the sketch from Let's Get Sketchy.

I changed it up just a bit so I could use the larger photo of my grandmother.  This is the 2nd half to a double page spread.  You can see the first one HERE


I've really been enjoying creating an album for my mother for Christmas.  I have a bunch of old photos from her childhood and earlier of her parents.  I love sitting and looking through them.  It's amazing to see my grandparents so young and before they were even parents.

I used a sketch from Stuck?! Sketches.  Most of the pictures are only good for a one page layout so these challenges are perfect.

Here is the sketch I used for my layout

Here is my finished layout. This is the first of a two page layout.  You can see the second page HERE.

Bob and Fran

Welcome to November Bountiful Blessings crop.  I created a layout for my mom's Christmas present using today's sketch! You can find more info and play along with us over at Sketch~N~Scrap on facebook!

Here is the sketch for today's layout

And here is my layout.  It's all about my grandparents, my mother's parents.  I'm not to happy with the photo but the layout turned out great! I can't wait to give this to my mom. 

Wednesday, November 15, 2017


Hello and welcome to another installment of Sketch~N~Scrap layout challenge. I have been working on an album for my mom for a while now and am hoping to get it all finished for Christmas this year.  I have a bunch of old photos of her and her family and can't wait to get them all down on layouts.

This is the sketch I used for todays layout. I really love how different this sketch is.  I never would have thought to do the corner that way!

Here is my layout. Thankfully my grandma was really good at putting the dates and who was in the photos but unfortunately there isn't any more information about what's going on in the photos.

I created the title using number dies and distressing them with blue distress ink. I had the hardest time with the journal lines.  I couldn't find any of my journal line stamps or my ruler.  I finally used a postcard.

I used two different stamps for the tags and stamped directly on as well as stamped off to get lighter images.  I love how they turned out. I used both grey and blue distressing ink on these to create a bit more dimension.

Sunday, November 5, 2017


Welcome back to another sketch challenge from Sketch~N~Scrap. I've been MIA the last month or so and am starting to get back into the swing of things.  No better time than with a sketch challenge and a birthday card for my mom.

This fell right on the perfect day as today is her birthday! It was fun to get back to playing in my lonely craft room. Now I can't wait to get working on more projects.  I'm thinking a stocking banner would be a lot of fun.

Here is the sketch

Here is my card. I also decorated the inside with some stars and a cute little sentiment

Supplies: (all by The Stamps of Life unless otherwise noted) stitched tag dies, dotted circle dies, small banner die, ballons2cut stamp set, minidoublebanner2stamp, wishes collection patterned paper, kiwi, banana and bubblegum cardstock, kiwi and guava ink. memento tuxedo black ink.

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.