Sunday, April 23, 2017

Christmas Card Challenges #11

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 challenge it to create a Christmas or holiday card with the optional challenge of using the color challenge photo below.




I stuck with the blue, grey, and white colors, but my blues are more in the blue-green tones instead of the blue-purple tones. (It's what I had to work with!) There were two red snowflakes on the sentiment panel, so I punched out a couple of snowflakes and circles in the blue and white colors and covered them up!

I used Echo Park's - "I Love Winter" - 6x6 paper pad and ephemera pack on this card. I think it is safe to say that I have used this paper pad all up. I think I have four full sheets left - two that are red with white dots, a white wood piece, and a blue-green piece with snowflakes on it. The scraps I have left are almost too small to use on anything, so I think I'll toss them out, and add the full sheets to my random 6x6 paper box.

Be sure to check out the beautiful cards from the rest of the design team over at Christmas Card Challenges. We would love to see you playing along!

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

Lasting Memories #341 - Color Inspiration Challenge

Hello and Happy Sunday! I hope you are having a good weekend! We had a very dreary and cold day yesterday, but today is supposed to be sunny and in the 60's. That's more like it!

We have our last challenge of the month today over at Lasting Memories today. Our theme for April has been "Spring" and the final challenge of the month is a color inspiration challenge. Use these colors on your layout:



I thought the pinky colors had a purplish tint to them, so I went with purple and green to match my photo, and I really wanted to use the new Elle's Studio - "Live Laugh Love" - collection!

I cut the hearts out using a die from Lawn Fawn, and I outlined each one so they would stand out just a little better. I added the super cute puffy hearts, also from Elle's Studio. I splattered the background with a some green and purple paints. I also added in a couple of phrase stickers from Simple Stories "Carpe Diem" collection. The alphas are from Fancy Pants.

I based my layout off of this sketch from the April Lilli Shop:


I love this photo of Ada right after she woke up from a nap. She always woke up happy, that is when she ever took a nap!

Head on over to Lasting Memories to see the wonderful layouts from the rest of the design team. You have until April 28th to play along with our April challenges!

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

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Sketch N Scrap Card Sketch #96

Hello everyone! I hope your day is off to a good start!

It is time for our last card sketch challenge of the month at Sketch N Scrap today. Lisa has created a great sketch for us to work witth:




I have used Pebbles' - "Front Porch" collection (once again) for this card. Actually, this was the first card that I had made with this collection, and it turns out to be the last one of the bunch to be shared with you here on my blog this week! I still have this paper pad out on my desk, and I would really like to get it used up, so you will probably be seeing more of it over the next couple of weeks.

Be sure to stop by the Sketch N Scrap blog to see the awesome cards from the rest of the design team. You have until the 30th to play along with us. 

Don't forget, we are getting ready to celebrate our 5th Birthday, and National Scrapbook Day, all in the month of May! It is sure to be a fun month!

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





Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Hello Friend - Soul Scrapper's April Card Challenge

Hi guys! Here we are at the middle of the week already. It will be the weekend before we know it. We just have three more weeks of school. Three. This school year has gone by so fast, and I am so looking forward to summer vacation and the long, lazy days to come.

I've got a card to share with you today. The card challenge at Soul Scrappers for April is to add the word "friend or friends" to your card.


Are you getting tired of this Front Porch collection by Pebbles yet? This is the third card that I have made using it, and I have at least one more to share with you using this collection tomorrow. What can I say, I love this collection, and since I just rediscovered it, I want to try to get it all used up, so you'll probably be seeing more of it over the next couple of weeks!

Once again, I used a piece from the cut apart sheet for my sentiment. The three gems are a lighter shade of the green on the sentiment, but under the light they look more white. This card came together really quickly, and I'm sure it will bring a smile to the recipient's face!

Head on over to Soul Scrappers and check out all of the fun challenges that we have going on. There's a wide variety - something for everyone!

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

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Try Stampin' - Or Not - On Tuesday #318

Hello everyone! Happy Tuesday to you! We are back to the old routine today after a nice long holiday weekend.

There's a new sketch up today at Try Stampin' - Or Not - On Tuesday. This fun sketch is courtesy of Vicki, with an optional theme of "A trio of words".



I, of course,  had to turn those strips into banner pieces! I just can't seem to leave a strip alone, I feel like it needs to be a banner!

I have used papers from a 6x6 paper pad from Pebbles called "Front Porch". I uncovered this paper pad earlier this month and have been putting it to use! I had forgotten how much I loved the papers in this collection! I stamped my sentiment onto a tab and added in a few tiny punched flowers. I love the way this card turned out!

Head on over to Try Stampin'  to see the beautiful cards from the rest of the design team. You have two weeks to play along with us, and you can enter either on the blog, or on our Facebook page here.

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

Monday, April 17, 2017

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #208

Hello again! I hope you are having a good day!

I am back with one more post of the day. There's a new sketch up over at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge today, and it is a good one!



Since I seem to have nothing in my stash that resembles an oval, I have substituted that shape with this piece I cut out of a cut apart sheet! That's the great thing about sketches, you can make them work for you!

I have used Pebbles' - Front Porch - 6x6 paper pad for this card, and the sentiment piece was cut out of the 12x12 cut apart sheet. That always makes for a quick and easy card! I wasn't sure if I was going to like this card when I first started working it - I don't typically work with so much blue - but once I got it done I really liked it!

We will have the full design team reveal, along with the Top 3, up on the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge blog on Wednesday. Why don't you join us this week? I would love to see your take on the sketch!

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

Use Your Stuff #260 - Eyelets and Brads

Hello everyone! I am back with my second post of the day. If you are looking for my Stick It Down card reveal, please scroll down or go here.

We have a new challenge up today at Use Your Stuff. Heather R. is challenging us to pull out those eyelets and brads, and use them on a project. Not just one or two here and there, but maybe try to make a shape with them on your project.



I have created a layout and I was able to use 54 brads on here! To tell you the truth, I didn't think I was going to have enough brads to do the circle, but when I got it done I had enough brads left over to make at least 2 more circles like this! Looks like I will be trying to use up more brads on other projects!

I used Doodlebugs - Under The Sea - collection for this layout. Ada's swimsuit was pink with flowers on all over it, and Abby's was purple, so these papers were a perfect match! I didn't have any of the embellishments from this line, so I punched some flowers out of one of the papers and made my own flair. I'm a little disappointed as the epoxy circles that I have are starting to yellow, so I may need to replace these when I get a chance.

I don't have any journaling on this page, but it will have a companion pocket page with more photos from this day and the journaling on it.

I based my layout off of this sketch from Scrap Our Stash last month:


Head on over to Use Your Stuff to see the beautiful projects from the rest of the design team. I hope to see you playing along with us!

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

Stick It Down April Card Team Reveal

Hello everyone! Happy Monday! I hope that you all enjoyed the Easter holiday weekend. We had a great, busy day filled with coloring eggs, finding Easter baskets, a big dinner, and hunting eggs. It got a little exciting while hunting eggs - I wound up stepping on a snake! It was just a brown snake, and no, it was not in our yard, but down in our field, but let me tell you - it gave me a scare! Luckily, I stepped on it's head so it didn't have a chance to get me!

Anyway...today is the full card design team reveal at Stick It Down. Here is a reminder of what the sketch looks like:





This is one of my favorite sketches lately, and I am sure I will find a chance to use it again! I used some 6x6 papers from an older Echo Park paper pad - Everyday Ecclectic - I think. I fussy cut the doily pieces from one of the papers. The blue doily and the blue banner piece and enamel dot really do match - I guess it lost something in the editing process!

Head on over to Stick It Down to see the beautiful cards from the rest of the design team. We have a prize up for grabs, so be sure to play along!

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


Sunday, April 16, 2017

Lasting Memories #340 - Easter Sunday - Use Bunnies, Chicks, Or Eggs

Hello everyone! Happy Easter to you! I hope that you are all having a good holiday weekend. I can't wait to hide Easter eggs for Miss Ada today! Hopefully the weather will cooperate and we can get it done.

We have a new challenge for you this week at Lasting Memories. Our theme for April has been "Spring" and our challenge this week, since it is Easter Sunday, is to use bunnies, chicks, or eggs on your layout.



I'm scrapping some old photos of my kids on Easter morning back in 2008. Gosh, it doesn't seem like it's been that long ago! The boys look so little here! I am so happy that I am making progress on getting some of my older photos scrapped this year!

I was looking through my stash earlier this week for something for another layout, and I came across this little bunny doodlepop from Doodlebug. It had been thrown in a drawer that rarely gets opened, so I thought I'd better rescue him and get him used on this layout! What a perfect challenge to get this little guy used! The rest of the papers are from Echo Park's "Happy Easter" collection from last year.

Head on over to Lasting Memories to see the fun layouts from the rest of the design team. You have until the end of the month to play along with us!

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

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Sketches In Thyme #273

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

It's time for a new sketch over at Sketches In Thyme today, and I am the featured artist! Here's a look at the sketch, courtesy of Shawn Lahr:




For my layout I have used some photos of Miss Ada from last spring. She is such a tomboy! If you turn your back for even a second, she is finding something to dig around in the dirt with!

For this layout I have used papers from a couple of different Doodlebug collections. I love that all of their collections match so well. It makes it so easy to pair up different papers. I die cut my banner pieces using a die from Spellbinders, and added a puffy heart sticker to each banner piece. I think I may go back and add a die cut flower to the embellishment areas on this....I'm pretty sure I have a small flower die around here somewhere!

We have an awesome prize this month, courtesy of DT Sharon Stevenson Shaw, so be sure to stop by the Sketches In Thyme blog to see the prize!

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