Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Grandma's Blessings ~ Sketch Along Tuesday @ Frosted Designs

Hi everyone!  It's Tuesday and that means time for another Sketch Along Tuesday over at Frosted Designs.  This weeks sketch was created by Debbie and it's a good one...  Sooooo many possibilities with this one.. Just see for yourself.

And as you can see I turned my photo the opposite way and then just had a little fun with it..  The photo is of me with all of my little grand kids taken a couple of weeks ago at Colten's B-day party... Of course we couldn't get him to stay still long enough to get a picture, so DH did the best he could and I think he did a fantastic job...  The day before was in the 80's and then it rained Friday night a little cold front came through with the wind blowing out of the north..  We were so afraid they would have to cancel the party, but it turned out beautiful after all...  Here I am holding little 5 month old Zach, Savannah (5 yrs) is petting the sweet baby goat, and Colten (2 yrs) is just having a blast chasing and trying to catch any and all of the animals....  I bet the little animals were ready to go home that day...
Really this layout is about CAS as I get...  and I since it is a layout of all my little ones I wanted to add something fun/whimsical to it... Hence the font and handmade flower...
So here are a few close-ups
Here is a close-up of the flower I made out of scrap material and a little piece of lace..  added a My Mind's Eye Brad in the middle...  You can also see a little of the distressed edge..
Here is the MS Daisy Fan punched decorative strip with My Mind's Eye Brads and lace..
And finally here you can see my different flourishes...  I used the Tim Holtz Elegant Flourishes and Prima Say It In Pearls...  You can also see my title which are letters from Creative Imaginations - David Walker..

This layout also qualifies for a few other challenges such as:
Craft Your Days Away ~ Add Texture
Cute Card Thursday ~ Blast From The Past ~ I chose Challenge 133 - Oct. 7, 2010 ~ Make Your Own... (My handmade flower)
Fab n' Funky ~ Going with the Flow
For Fun Challenge ~ Anything Goes
Delightful Challenges ~ Flower Power
Paper Cutz Challenge ~ Anything Goes

Here is the scrappy list of things I used:
My Mind's Eye ~ Lost & Found Collection
The Paper Studio ~ Black & Cream Diamonds
Prima Say It In Pearls
Creative Imaginations -David Walker  ~ Letters
American Crafts - MiniMarks - Rub-ons
My Mind's Eye ~ Lost & Found Brads
MS Daisy Fan Border Punch
Tim Holtz-Sizzix- Elegant Flourishes Die
Piece of 1 1/2" scrap material
Thanks so much for dropping by and please go and check out the wonderful layouts  the other DT Members created!!!  We would love to have to play along, remember you have 2 weeks to play and to get it uploaded... 
And I almost forgot to show you what you are playing for this month!
Take a look at this ~ A fabulous prize donated by Artful Delight!!
YUMMY!!  Wouldn't you love to win this?!!  All you have to do is play along with us, and remember the more challenges you play, the more chances you have of winning...  and just to let you know, we have 3 challenges for December, so come on, what are you waiting for!!!

Also just a quick reminder that this coming Friday (Dec. 3rd) is our Holiday Blog Hop over at Frosted Designs and you won't want to miss it!!!  There's going to be some wonderful prizes along the way... (I just saw what the grand prize was....WOW) and many of the Design Team Members are going to give a little something away, too!!  I know because I will have a special prize here on my blog!!  So I hope to see you again very soon... 
Hope everyone has a wonderful week!!!
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Friday, November 26, 2010

Lil' Colten's Birthday Roundup ~ SOUS

Hi everyone, it's Friday and that means that it's time for another fabulous sketch challenge over at Stuck On U Sketches!!  
And it's a beauty,  Oh, did I  mention this sketch was also created by Vanessa Waller (Crafty Ness) exclusively for SOUS!! 
So here's what I came up with...  This cute layout of little GS Colten  is from his 2nd B-day Party just 2 weeks ago..  His parents rented a petting zoo and he had a blast... so did all of the other little kids and even the "BIG" kids got in on the fun!!!  I love the fact that this weeks sketch had multiple photos... it worked perfect with these precious photos..
Here are a few close-ups
Here you can see the paper flowers, the Prima vine, and the rabbit and the goat are stickers from Creative Imaginations.  You are also able to see the SU Weathered BG Stamped on the Sign cut from the Cricut Old West Cart. 

I thought the feed sacks turned out too cute... They are also cut from the Old West Cricut Cart. and then are sponged with Tim Holtz Walnut Distressing Ink.

 here is a close up of the Chipboard frame I used around this super cute photo of Colten hand feeding the baby goat !!  All together now....  AWWWWW

Here are few challenges this layout will qualify for:
A Spoon Full of Sugar ~ Anything Goes
Tip Top Tuesday ~ Layer upon Layer

Here is the list of scrappy things I used
The Paper Loft ~ Now & Then Collection
The Paper Loft ~ Grandma's House
Creative Imaginations ~ Petting Zoo Stickers
Old West Cricut Cart.
Paper Flowers
Prima Vine
EK Success Letters
SU Weathered BG Stamp
Tim Holtz Distressing Ink ~ Walnut
Netting from stash also inked with
Tim Holtz Distressing Ink ~ Walnut
Thanks so much for dropping by and be sure and check out the beautiful layouts from the other DT members.... We would love to have you play along and if you do, please upload it so we can see your beautiful take on the sketch..  Remember you have 2 weeks to play...
Have a wonderful weekend!!!
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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving...

May your stuffing be tasty
May your turkey plump,
May your potatoes and gravy
Have nary a lump.
May your yams be delicious
And your pies take the prize,
And may your Thanksgiving dinner
Stay off your thighs!!!

Just a quick reminder ~
Thursday (tomorrow) Team "B" will be showing you a new Sketch Challenge over at Sketches In Thyme
 You have a week to play on this one..
Friday (11-26) we have a new Stuck On U Sketch Challenge to show you..
And you have 2 weeks to play along on this one..
Tuesday (11-30) is time for Sketch Along Tuesday over at Frosted Designs...  You have 2 weeks to play on this one too...
Thursday (12-2) Team "A" will be scrapping with this weeks Sketch Challenge at Sketches In Thyme... (that's me!!!)
you will have a week to play..
And then, next Friday (12-3) will be our first HOLIDAY BLOG HOP over at Frosted Designs... 
WOW do we have some amazing sketches coming up and and fabulous blog hop...  You won't want to miss anything...  Lots of fun and some great prizes!!!
I know it's going to get real busy this next month, but you still need to have some "me" time and I can't think of a better way to spend it than scrapping..... so why not play along --  We would love to have you...
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Monday, November 22, 2010

I swear, I'm loosing my mind!!!

Hi everyone!!  Am I bad, or what?? Can you believe that my dear sweet friend Kim from Memories In Thyme gave me this award Sat., Nov. 13th, and I totally forgot it until one of my newest friends/followers gave me an award today...  I am soooo sorry Kim...  I do appreciate you thinking of me, and this award is so me...  Well, actually it needs to say "Blogger with an Attitude" and it would be right on!!!  lol   Anyway, I'm calling it old age and I'm sticking with it..  Too much going on right now.. I don't see how some of you do it.....  Anyway back to my beautiful award...  To accept this award I must:  Thank the person who gave it to me!  Kim I love it!!!  Thank you so much!!
And because this is a very special award because it comes with a wonderful $5 gift certificate from The Digi's with Attitude Store
I just have to follow a few simple steps.
In order to qualify for the $5.00 Digi’s With Attitude! Gift Certificate you must state 3 things that makes you different from everyone else and you must nominate 5 blogs. Lastly, you must display the Blog Award Badge (above) in your sidebar and link it back to the Digi’s With Attitude! Challenge Blog.
Here are the three things about me....

1)  I am a very, very, shy person...  that's why I love to blog..  They even screen my calls at work so I don't have to talk on the phone, unless I want to..  How's that for someone who cares about you...  They are so good to me...  I kinda hate to retire, but I so need to for health reasons...  Too stressful...  Okay, this was probably a little TMI!!!  LOL

2) I am taking an online Copics class, trying to master the art of coloring with these unique pens.

3) Before I stated scrapping, in my spare time I was a birdwatcher..  And I still love to feed and watch the birds...

Now I need to pass this on to 5 people...   I chose 8, read further down......

1)  Crystal  @ Crafting for Caitlyn

2)  Vanessa   @ Scrappiness

3)  Libeeti @ http://creationswithlove-li-bee-ti.blogspot.com/

4)  Tiffany @  http://bkfastattiffanys.blogspot.com/

5)  Momma @  Momma Said There'd be Days Like This   LOL 

6)  Rhonda @ Scrap Happens

7)  Beth @ IFR Inky Fingers Rule

8)  Agnes @ Flower Disco's Scrap Hut

I chose all of these ladies because they have been so nice and are always leaving such sweet comments...   So please go check out there blogs, and don't forget to check out Kim's as well...

Now I also have another award to show you:

I received this one from a dear sweet blogging friend that I just met.. This is from Scrap Happens With Rhonda.  You have got to check out her blog... You never know when she might give one of her cute and very creative mini albums to one lucky follower...  What a cute idea!!!   And you know this is why I like blogging so much... Everyday you meet new friends, just like Rhonda... Rhonda thank you so much for this sweet award...  now, I'm supposed to tell you 8 things about myself and pass this on to eight people... 
Well I've already told you 3 things about me, so I'm just going to add 5 more:

4) I have three precious grand babies... most of you know that already...

5) I moved away from my family 24 years ago and still miss them, especially since they are getting older....

6) I have a facebook page, but I'm just a stalker...  Anyway that's what my Sister in law calls me..   Who has time to facebook when you blog!!!!

7) I am a very messy scrapper... But it I put everything away I can't find it!!  Anyway that's my story and I'm stickin' to it!!  Plus it keeps everyone out!!  LOL

8) I'm a prima and bling addict....  I love making girly pages and it's so hard for me to switch to boy layouts, so I'm making myself do more little boy layouts....

And for the 8 people... I'm passing this on to the same ones listed above...  Enjoy ladies!!!

Okay, there you have it.... 
Remember please check out Kim's blog here, and Rhonda's blog here...
Thank you both so much for thinking of me!!!
I hope everyone has a wonderful week and for those of you who celebrate Thanksgiving, Happy Thanksgiving!!!!
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Thursday, November 18, 2010

Koch Family 1950 ~ Sketches In Thyme Challenge No. 24

Hi everyone!!  It's Thursday and that means it's time for another sketch over at Sketches In Thyme!!  Today's sketch is from Creative Scrappers and just  look at the layers you can use on this one, or not!!   That's the fun part about working with sketches...  You design it to fit your photos!!  -- you can copy it verbatim, or turn it, or add to it, or take away from it... All we ask is that you HAVE FUN WITH IT!!! 

This week I've been going through my grandmother's old photo albums and decided to go heritage/vintage..  If you visited early this week you saw my Great Grandparents (1904)  layout that I did for Frosted Designs...  Now for this layout I chose this family photo of my Dad, my Uncle, my Grandmother and  my Grandfather taken around 1950..  I hope your like it.

Here are some close-ups

Here are is some of my distressing... Including distressing the decorative frame with Tim Holtz Walnut Distressing Ink and Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist - Copper..  BTW my dad in sorta in the back there with the big smile on his face...  I believe that this was when he proposed to my mom..

Here are my different punched layers with lace between..  Sprayed the lace with Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist - Olive Vine.  You can also see the SU Victorian Lace BG Stamp which I stamped with SU Basic Brown on the Basic Grey Cappella Pageantry..
Here is a close up of the beautiful flowers and bling and you can also see some of my distressing..

And here you can see my stamped bird and swirls (SU French Flair BG Stamp), another beautiful Prima and more distressing...

Here are a few challenges this layout will qualify for:
Here is my scrappy list of things I used on this layout:
SU Chocolate Chip CS
KaiserCraft ~ Duchess Collection
BG Cappella - Bravo
BG Cappella - Pageantry
SU French Flair BG Stamp
SU Close to Cocoa Ink
SU Victorian Lace BG Stamp
SU Basic Brown Ink
Glitz Vintage Paper Layer
MS Eyelet Lace Border and Corner Punch
MS Flower Bed Border Punch
Lace sprayed with
Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist - Olive Vine
Prima Calcutta Minis Seashell - Flowers
Decorative Frame from CKC San Marcos
Tim Holtz Distressing Ink - Walnut
Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist - Copper and Caramel Apple

 Please check out the other Mavens and see what they created using this wonderful sketch!!  We would also love to have you play along, remember you still have time to enter for this months prize ~ which is a $25 gift card from Michael's.

Thanks for dropping by and come back anytime!!!
Have a wonderful day!!
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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Great Grandparents (1904) ~ Sketch Along Tuesday at Frosted Designs

Hi everyone!  It's Tuesday and that means another Sketch Along Tuesday over at Frosted Designs, and this one is by DT Member Diana.. and it's a great one..

So many possibilities with this one ~ just let your imagination go wild....  I thought it was a perfect sketch for a vintage layout, so that's what I went with and I really love the way this one came out...  The photo is of my Great Grandparents, which I never knew..  My Great Grandfather died before my Granddad was even born and by Great Grandmother died before I was born..  I found this wonderful photo in my Grandmother's photo album which I inherited after she died.. (Don't tell my sister and brothers ~ but hey, it stayed in my Grandmother's house for 4 years after she died, and since I live the furthest away and they didn't take it, I did  this last summer when I went back home!!)  She has some fabulous old family photos,  some in pretty good shape and some that aren't, but they all mean so much to me..  And I am so happy to keep them for the next generation!!!
Here's my take on Diana's wonderful sketch!!

And here are a few close-ups

Here is a close up of a lacy frame that I got when I went to the Creative Keepsakes Convention held in San Marcos this last September.
Here is my flower cluster

This was cut with the Tim Holtz, Alterations Baroque Sizzix Die and I printed the names off of the computer... Added a Rub-on some brads and sponged around the edges... and some of the black pearls..

Here are a few other challenges this layout will qualify for:
Cute Card Thursday ~ Anything Goes
Critter Sketch Challenge ~ Texture
Fresh Brewed ~  Show us your style!!  Distressed -of course!!
Do More With Less ~ Using Old and New Goodies! The Black Die Cut paper from Creative Imaginations is over a year old!!  And most of the other things are from one of my recent Swirlydoos Scrapbooking Kits...
Here is my list of scrappy things I used on this layout:
SU Basic Black CS
Creative Imaginations ~
My Mind's Eye ~ Lost & Found - Union Square "Perfect"
Melissa Frances ~ Anastasia
Creatice Imaginations ~ Die Cut Lace - Black
My Mind's Eye ~ Union Square -Home Sweet Home-  front and back
Tim Holtz ~ Alterations Baroque Sizzix Die
American Crafts ~ miniMarks Accent rub-ons
Tim Holtz ~ Alterations Elegant Flourishes Sizzix Die
DoodleBug Designs ~ Beetle Black crushed Velvet CS
Prima Grand Dame Jubilee Flower
Prima Flutter Vine
Black Pearls
My Mind's Eye ~ Lost & Found ~ Black Pearl Brads

Be sure and check out the other beautiful layouts from the Design Team, and then we would love to see what you do with this wonderful layout... Remember to upload it so you will be entered to win the November prize..  The more challenges you do, the more chances you have of winning... 
November Prize!
Thank you all for dropping by and be sure and come back again!!
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Sunday, November 14, 2010

Creatalicious Challenge #13 ~ Prize

Hi everyone!  Here is something else that I want to share with you.. Awhile back my "Letha's Family 1938" layout was the winner over a Creatalicious Challenge #13-Vintage..  and I just have to show you what I won....  This came all the way from Australia and had a little problem getting here, but the girls over at Creatalicious are just awesome... They kept me posted on what was going on, and after it being returned back to them all wet and destroyed, I finally got this... 
And let me tell you, it was well worth the wait...Is this not a fabulous prize!!!  I love everything in here especially the ribbon.   I just had to share it with you....  Have a wonderful evening..
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SOUS Fall Mini Album Angi Made for Me!

Hi everyone and happy Sunday...  I don't usually post on Sunday, but I just couldn't wait to share this beautiful Fall Mini Album I received from Angi at Cokie Pop Paper Boutique yesterday...  But yesterday we had a "BIG" B-day Party for little GS Colten and it was late when I got home!!   Angi and I were both on a Fall Mini Album SWAP over at Stuck On U Sketches.. so be sure and check out the challenge to see the other gorgeous albums everyone made, and you can see the one I made her here!!!  But right now just sit back and enjoy the beautiful mini Angi made for me!!!

Isn't it beautiful!!  And it's made out of "wood"!!!  Can't wait to add some family photos to it and really personalize it!!  Thank you so much Angi!!
Hope you all have a wonderful day!!!

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Friday, November 12, 2010

Savannah ~ Stuck On U Sketches

Hi everyone!!  HAPPY FRIDAY!! Can you believe the Holiday Season is almost upon us, and 2 weeks from today I will be putting up my Christmas Tree!!!   WOW!  Even though we are getting into the holiday season, we still need to find time for ourself.. so I hope you find the time to play along with us over at Stuck On U Sketches because we have a gorgeous sketch for you...  It was designed by Vanessa Waller (Ness), DIL of DT Member Annette Gearside...  Take a look at it!!
Beautiful, isn't it??!

And here's what I came up with..
 The Webster's Pages are gorgeous on their own, and I have so much trouble using them because I don't want to cover up the pretty designs..  But I really love the way this one turned out...  The photo of Savannah is just precious!!!  The photo was taken October, 2010 and I decided to make it a B&W... 

Here are a few close-ups!!

Here is the beautiful Prima Rossetti Rose Grace and Prima Summer Carnation Thistle vine, the Dusty Attic birdcage, the fussy cut tag and a little of the gorgeous lace ribbon...  The pink lace was sprayed with Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist, Viva Pink and the birdcage was lightly painted with Tim Holtz Distress crackle paint - picket fence and then sprayed with the Tattered Angels Glimer Mist ~ Viva Pink.

Another photo of the lace and the Pink Paislee Artisan Element decorative corner which I sprayed with Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist and then wiped off..  You can also see some of my distressing.

Here you can see a little of the fussy cutting I did on the roses...  You can also see some more distressing...

Here you can see that I cut the outer lace off of the doily and then sprayed it with Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist and added a pink Prima Say It In Crystals..

Here are a few challenges this layout will qualify for:
My Time to Craft ~ Rhapsody of Roses
Fab 'n' Funky Challenge ~ Going around in circles (my doily is round)
Paper Play Challenge ~ Ribbon, Lace and Flowers

Here is my scrappy list of things I used on this layout:
SU Basic Black CS
Webster's Pages ~ hollywood vogue ~ feather fashion - front and back
Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist ~Viva Pink
Prima Say It In Crystals
Prima ~ Rossetti Roses ~ Grace
Prima Summer Carnation Thistle ~Vine
Lace Ribbon
Pink Paislee Artisan Element Circles ~ corner
Dusty Attic birdcage
Thanks so much for dropping by and please go check out the beautiful layouts from the other DT Members...  And we have a very special Guest Designer, Lisa Gregory.  We are so honored to have her designing with us this week! You have to check out her gorgeous work!!!
And then we would love for you to join us!!  Please upload your layout so that we can all see it!!! 
Have a wonderful Friday!!
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Thursday, November 11, 2010

Levi & Colten's Birthday Cards...

Hi everyone!!  We have two Birthdays today so I wanted to share you the cards I made.  The first one is for my son Levi ~ 31, and Woody is for his little son, my Grandson, Colten ~ 2..  They are celebrating Saturday with a petting zoo for Colten and his little friends/family...  Sounds like a good opportunity to get some good pictures!!!
Thanks for dropping by and please stop back by tomorrow to see my layout for Stuck On U Sketches!!  I really love the way it turned out!!
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Saturday, November 6, 2010

Autumn/Fall Mini Album ~ Stuck On U Sketches

Hi everyone!!!  I have something special to share with you today..  Awhile back, Nanne over at Stuck On U Sketches hosted an Autumn/Fall Mini SWAP and I really thought it would be fun to participate since I've not ever made one before and I thought this would be just what I needed to get motivated.  And Wow, was it a lot of work, but I was so pleased with the results...  My mini went to Angi over at Cokie Pop Paper Boutique, but before I mailed it to her I took these photos..  So sit back and enjoy, because this is rather long!!! 
Here is the cover...
Notice the Heart Locket Charm I added in the ribbons!

I warned you this was going to be a long post...  I hope you enjoyed looking at my mini album as much as I had making it!! 
Thanks for dropping by and stop back by anytime!!!
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