Saturday, April 30, 2011

Zach ~ Curiosity -- Practical Scrappers April Sketch

Hello everyone, I hope you're doing well... I will be away for a little while and not for sure when I will be back.. My dad is very ill and they have called the family in.. We are very sad but we have been preparing ourselves for this for awhile now... Those of you who follow my work know about a year ago my dad was diagnosed with Alzheimer's and has been in the nursing home since then.. This last Monday he had a stroke and they also found that he has pneumonia... So we are going back to be with my Mom and my family for a little while..

I have a few projects scheduled to post in the next week or so.. After that we will just have to play it by ear..

This layout is for one of the April Sketch Challenges over at Practical Scrappers... We have two each month, so be sure and check those out..

This one is from Pia... and it's a beauty!!

and I loved working with it..  The photo is of my little GS Zach taken April 13th, 2011..  This is the first time Grandma has gotten to keep him by herself all day long...  We had a blast...  If you're wondering what he's looking at/listening to... It's my husband's antique clock that he inherited from his Grandmother and it was chiming...  He is so curious about everything... and such a cutie!!!

Here are the Dusty Attic Chipboard Gears, some of the major distressing, and part of the MS punched border.

The buckle, bling and quote...

Some more hardware, photo corners and more bling...

Here is a list of scrappy things I used on this layout!!!

My Mind's Eye - Lost & Found Collection
K & Company - Sky Meadow Stripe
The Paper Loft - Now and Then Collection
Graphic 45
SU Barely Banana
Marvy Oval Scallop Circle Punch
Dusty Attic Chipboard Gears
Spare Parts Hardware
Explorer by Traditions ~ Lock and Key
SU Ribbon
Prima Say It In Pearls
Martha Stewart Rings Border and Corner Punch

Be sure and check out all of the challenges over at Practical Scrappers..  We have something going on all the time, and who knows, your project may be chosen as one of the ones we spotlight!!! 
Thank you so much for dropping by!!
Have a wonderful day!!!
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Friday, April 29, 2011

Easter Egg Hunt 2011 ~ Colten ~ SOUS Challenge

Hello everyone, I hope you're doing well...  I will be away for a little while and not for sure when I will be back..  My dad is very ill and they have called the family in.. We are very sad but we have been preparing ourselves for this...  Those of you who follow my work know that about a year ago my dad was diagnosed with alzheimers and has been in the nursing home since then..  This last Monday he had a stroke and they also found that he has pneumonia... So we are going back to be with my Mom and my family for a little while..
  I have a few projects scheduled to post in the next week or so.. After that we will just have to play it by ear..
Today's sketch challenge is over at Stuck On U Sketches..  And this weeks sketch is by PageMaps...
Doesn't it look Springy with all of those little butterflies...  Remember, you don't have to follow it exactly if you don't want to..  just get your inspiration from it!!!
I went to Colten's Easter Party at daycare last week and took these cute photos of him hunting easter eggs...  and I thought they would work perfect with this sketch.. 

Here are a few close ups...

Here is a close up of the chipboard butterfly...  If you look close you can see that I used a lot of stickles on it!

Here's that sly little bunny watching Colten hunt his easter eggs...  And a few eggs that I cut out with a few feathers and some grass added..

Here is the list of scrappy things I used on this layout....

SU Old Olive CS & Ink
SU Bella Rose DSP
Pebbles ~ Lil' Miss Collection - Silly
SU Summer Sun CS
Cricut Create a Critter Cartridge
MS Garden Trellis Punch
Butterfly from Stash
American Crafts Alphabet
Tim Holtz Tea Dye Distressing Ink
Basic Grey Chipboard
SU Bording Blue Ink
JBS Tickets

Be sure and check out the other amazing layouts from the Design Team!!  We would love for you to join in on the fun, and love seeing how you all intreprete our sketches..  Remember you have 2 weeks!!!
Have a wonderful day!!
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Friday, April 22, 2011

Precious From Any Angle - Savannah

Hi everyone!!  This is originally my off Friday over at Stuck On U Sketches, but today I'm in charge of the tutorial... So here it is:  I started out with a piece of SU Very Vanilla Cardstock and a few other scrappy things I had laying around my scraproom, and came up with this unique background, that I think, goes very well with my photos!!!  Go check out the tutorial here!!!   AND it just so happens that this layout also goes along with the Frosted Designs Fabulous Friday Challenge which is Birds and/or Butterflies!!!
This is sweet GD Savannah at 21 months just acting silly for Grandma and Grandpa...  :o)

Here are a couple close ups...
Here you can see the big BoBunny Chipboard bracket that I painted with crackle paint and then rubbed SU Pale Plum over it after it dried..  You can also see a Prima Flower, Silk Leaves, Ribbon, Hair Barrette Butterfly..

Here is a close up of the background... I really love the way it turned out...
You can also see part of the doily, part of a crimped layer,  another hair barrette butterfly, and part of the Martha Stewart Daisy Fan Punched Border. 

Here are a few challenges this will qualify for...
Frosted Designs ~ Birds and/or Butterflies
Charisma Card Challenge ~ Jokes and Laughter
Flutter By Wednesday ~ Open but you have to use a butterfly, angel or fairy
Incy Wincy Designs ~ Bright and Bold
Here is a list of scrappy things I used on this layout...
SU Elegant Eggplant Cardstock and Ink
SU Very Vanilla Cardstock
SU Always Artichoke Ink
BoBunny Chipboard
Little Girls Hair Barrettes
MS Daisy Fan Border Punch

I hope you go and check out the tutorial and give it a try.   I also made this page but I haven't used it yet... But I will very soon, so be sure and check back to see what I do with it!!!

Thanks for dropping by!!
Have a wonderful day!!!
Happy Easter Everyone!!
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Thursday, April 21, 2011

Easter, 2010-- Colten ~ Sketches In Thyme --Top 3 over at Lasting Memories

Good morning everyone!!!  It's Thursday and time for another awesome sketch challenge over at Sketches In Thyme..  I'm sad to say that this will be my last post as a Design Team Member here at Sketches In Thyme...   I have been on this wonderful team since inception and I have thoroughly enjoyed it, but I feel like it's time to step down and make way for some new faces and fresh talent.  But don't worry, I'll be back, but this time as a stalker instead!!!  LOL... 
 Okay on with the challenge!!!  Our sketch this week is from My Crop Room and here it is..

And, is it just me, or have the last 2 sketches for Team A seemed hard for you too?!! I guess that's why it's a challenge!! Right...   Anyway this one turned out to be a piece of cake...  And I will be using this one more for those pages where you have memorabilia, like programs, vacation pamphlets, napkins and so forth and so on!  Because if you look at this sketch it looks like a big envelope, doesn't it?!  And I think it would be fun to make an envelope out of it to hold all of those precious items you want to keep...   I should have thought of this earlier...  But I will be back with another layout using this sketch for sure!!!
Anyway here are a few close ups of my layout of sweet little GS Colten on his first real Easter Egg Hunt...  He was 17 months old last Easter and was having a blast..  Notice the little boo-boo on his forehead..  I think he has a permanent knot there where he has hit it so many times... Poor baby!!!

Okay here you can see a close up of this beautiful BoBunny Gabrielle Paper and Die cut... The little chipboard is from Basic Grey and you can see some of my many buttons....

Here I used the Spellbinders Shapeabilities Pendants - Fair Isle for the frames around the smaller photos!!  I sponged the frame with some Tim Holtz Distressing Ink..

Here's the other frame..

Here is a chipboard journaling block from Basic Grey and the flourish is from BoBunny Cardstock Stickers-Grow Love..

Here are a few other challenges this layout will qualify for...
Colour Create Challenge ~ Pink, Blue and Brown
The Paper Variety ~ Use a Number on your Project
Top Tip Tuesday ~ Open Challenge

Here is a list of scrappy things I used on this layout...
Bazzill Cardstock
BoBunny - Gabrielle Collection
Basic Grey - Olivia Collection
SU Sage Shadow Cardstock
Basic Grey Chipboard
BoBunny Cardstock Stickers
Tim Holtz Distressing Ink
QuicKutz ~ Expresso Alphabet
Spellbinders Shapeabilities Pendants - Fair Isle

Please check out the other creations from the Design Team using this wonderful sketch... We would love for you to play along..  I think we have a great prize... Maybe because I'm giving it away...LOL

 BUT the only way you can win is to play and the more challenges you do a month the more chances you have at winning... 

And here is a sneak peek of tomorrow's post... you won't want to miss this....

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day!!!
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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Easter Cards for Grand babies...

Good morning everyone..  Just a quick post to share with you the Easter Cards I made for my sweet little grandchildren..

The first one is for 5 year old Savannah...  if it has bling and sparkle on it, she will love it...

Here is sweet little 2 year old Colten's Card..

And then we have precious little 10 month old Zach's Card....

I tried to use paper from my scrap bins and stickers I've had forever, and you know I had to throw in some Prima flowers and bling.....  Zach's card is made from some of the yummy paper I won from Denise earlier this month... 

I will share with you later today a Spring Mini Album I'm making for my Mother for Mother's Day.. also using some of the yummy paper from Denise..  It's not done yet, but I want to share what I do have done because I've already posted it over at Die Cut Divas...  Be sure and check back for that...  Also I have a sneak peek on my layout for tomorrow's Sketches In Thyme challenge...

and I will have some news to share with you... :o(... 
Thanks for dropping by...
Have a wonderful day!!!
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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Savannah ~ Dance Recital; Sketch Along Tuesday at Frosted Designs

Hi everyone!!  It's time for another sketch challenge over at Frosted Designs..  And this weeks sketch is from Debbie Burns...  and it's a beauty..

I love this sketch... I decided to use one of the photos I took of DGD Savannah about a week ago when she was modeling her dance recital costumes...  This one is for Tap and they will be dancing to "I've Been Working On The Railroad".. I love her hat and bandanna with the overalls... You can't see the whole costume here, but don't worry, I will be scrapping more of these...:o)...

Here are a few close ups..
I printed the music off of the Internet onto some cardstock... and you can also see the folded ribbon...

Here you can see the Prima Flower, journaling from the computer, and Prima Say It In Pearls...

And here is a close up of the cute photo and all of the bling around it!!

Here are a few other challenges this will qualify for..
Cupcake Craft Challenge ~ Lots of Layers
Fab 'n' Funky Challenge ~ All spotty and dotty

Here is a list of scrappy things I used....
Doodlebug Design - Beetle Black Crushed Velvet Cardstock
Martha Stewart ~ Bandanna PP
My Mind's Eye ~ Lost & Found
Prima Fiesta Flower
Prima Say It In Pearls
Music printed off of computer

Be sure and check out the other wonderful layouts here or on my sidebar....  And we would love for you to play along.  You have 2 weeks to create a layout, and here's the yummy prize you're playing for this month..

...but you have to play to win...  Remember, the more times you play during the month the more chances you have at winning...
Thanks so much for stopping by!!!
Have a wonderful day!!

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Friday, April 15, 2011

Easter, 2007 ~ Stuck On U Sketch Challenge ~~ Made Top 3 over at Paper Romance!!!

Happy Friday everyone!!!  We have another wonderful sketch challenge over at Stuck On U Sketches!!  This time the sketch is from Liz Qualman..  and here it is..

I loved working with this sketch.. even though I changed it up just a little I kept the general design...    I found this cute photo of  DGD Savannah taken back in April, 2007, when she was 21 months old.   I decided to cut her out of the photo and use this laser diecut frame over some heidi grace paper as the background instead...  I really like how it turned out...

Here are a few close ups...

My title was punched with the QuicKutz Espresso DieCut Letters.. You can see some of the distressed edges and one of the butterflies...

Here you can see one of the petaloo flowers, a flourish cut with the Silhouette SD, distressed edges, and some bling!!

Here is some more destrissing, the ribbon flowers, string of hearts and another butterfly..

And finally here are the Petaloo flowers and Prima flowers, Prima Say It In Pearls, Silhouette cuts, and another butterfly..

Here are a few other challenges this will qualify for:
Flutter By Wednesday ~ Soft Pastel Colors - and a butterfly, fairy or angel
The Paper Variety ~ Flowers
Paper Romance Challenge ~ use paper flowers

Here is the list of scrappy things I used on this layout..
SU Very Vanilla sprayed with
Tattered Angels ~ Tuscan Sun Glimmer Mist
Tattered Angels ~ Flower Power Glimmer Mist
Tattered Angels ~ S.W.A.K. Glimmer Mist
K & Company Paper-Doll DieCut Paper Pad
heidi grace Cardstock Paper
QuicKutz ~ Espresso Letters
Scherenschnitte Lace Frame
Petaloo Flowers
Prima Flowers
Prima Say It In Pearls
Prima Say It In Crystals
Silhouette SD
SU Large Oval Punch
SU Tab Punch
Ribbon Flowers from Hobby Lobby Wedding Dept.
String of Hearts
SU Almost Amethyst Ink
SU Pale Plum Ink
Sticker Butterflies from my stash..??

Be sure and check out the other fabulous layouts from the Design Team..  We would love for you to play along with us..  and if you do, remember to upload your layout so we can all see!!!
Have a wonderful Friday!!
Come back anytime!!!
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Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Bella Blvd Giveaway over at Practical Scrappers!!

Hi everyone!!!  Just a quick post to tell you that you need to head on over to Practical Scrappers and see the wonderful giveaway we're giving from Bella Blvd.   It's from their Family Dynamix and Tail Waggers & Cat Naps line.  Here's what you can do to win:

-Make sure you are a follower at Practical Scrappers and leave a comment telling us what your favorite line from Bella Blvd is. You can find their lines here.

And if you want some extra chances to win here's some extra things you can do:

-Become a fan of Bella Blvd over on Facebook and let them know Practical Scrappers sent you!

-Post on your blog or your Facebook page about the giveaway at Practical Scrappers.

Make sure to come back tomorrow when Practical Scrappers will be featuring projects exclusively from the Family Dynamix & Tail Waggers & Cat Naps lines and of course another giveaway!   See you there!!!
Have a wonderful evening!!!
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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Creative Cuts and More Easter Box!

Hi everyone!!!  I'm so excited this morning because this is my first project as a Die Cut Diva for Creative Cuts and More.. and I chose to make this super cute little Easter Box out of the Peek-A-View Box...  Is this not the cutest little box?!!  But you don't have to use it just for Easter.  It can be used so many different ways ~ they would be perfect to give as favors at parties, or, for your child to give to their classmates for any holiday.   They would also be perfect to give any friend, relative, or co-worker...  Oh wow, the list goes on and on...  

Here's a close up
 I used pieces of scraps to decorate it with..

Here's a view of the top..

List of scrappy things I used..
Berry Sensation Bazzill Smoothies Cardstock
SU Stamp
Embossing Powder
SU Oval Punch
Bow is from a little girls hair barrette

When you get a minute or maybe an hour go check out Creative Cuts and More.. They have a little bit of everything and you can literally browse for hours.... 
Thanks for dropping by, let me know what you think of my little Easter Box!!
Have a wonderful day!!!
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Friday, April 8, 2011

Exciting News!! ~ And Top 3 over at Charisma Cardz!!

WOW, do I have some news for you... I've joined 2 more Design Teams, and I'm so excited... I love this retired life!!!  And the best thing about this is I've either been on the team before, or I've been on a team that was sponsored by this team, so I'm familiar with it and I love it!!  Now that I've completely confused you, please just sit back and relax while I try to explain myself.. and I'm sorry, but it's going to be rather lengthy!!

First of all I have excepted an invite back on the Practical Scrappers Design Team..  I have had the pleasure of designing with them before, but that little nasty thing called work got in the way, and I had to step down...  I'm so excited that I now have the opportunity to rejoin this wonderful and informative team...  Their April sketch challenge is going on and they have 2 beautiful sketches..  I had to play along.. 
Here's my layout...

I really love the way this one turned out!!  I haven't scrapped a wedding layout in a long time and it felt good to do this one...  When I saw the first sketch posted over there, it had wedding written all over it to me....  Here's the sketch I used...

This one is by Jannike and it's beautiful!!!

I used the new BoBunny paper on this one along with Prima Flowers, Dusty Attic- Chandelier, Heart Chipboard, Heart Locket, Lace, Stick Pins, Postcards, Thickers, and Pearls..

And here's the second layout, which is just as beautiful...

This one is be Pia.. 

So if you've got some spare time, head on over there and take the challenge and then email your layout to the email address given over there... you just might be chosen as a favorite!!! 
Also will be submitted over at
Charisma Cardz Challene ~ Wedding/Anniversary

Okay, now the other Big News!!!  I have been asked to be on the Diecut Divas Design Team/Creative Cuts & More!!!  If you haven't visited this site you just have to go and take a look around...  Terry, the owner, has just about any diecut, card shape, or box, in just about any color or texture you can imagine or ever want...  I've had the privilege of working with Terry before, she is soooo sweet, and I absolutely love her die cuts..  And just so you know, they are a very nice cardstock weight, and the boxes are so easy to put together that even your children can do it... It comes cut and scored so all you have to do is crease and tape...  My granddaughter Savannah loved helping me put these Halloween Treat Bags together and decorate them...

Here you can see all of 'em we made, I embossed "Trick or Treat and she added all of the stickers...
She had a blast!  And it was so nice because it was like she made them, and was so proud to hand them out to her little classmates!!

Here's the one I made for her..

But remember, these are not just for Halloween, they could be decorated for any occasion and they come in so many colors and textures...  be sure and check out her other boxes!!

How about getting an acetate box and making a cute baby gift like this!!  I filled it with things like nail clippers,  Little nose sucker outer.. (you know what I'm talking about :o))... a thermometer, and I tied it up with pacifiers..

Here are a few Christmas Cards I made using the DieCut Scallop Card

Another Christmas Card...  
 I just love the feel of this velvet paper..

Anyway, this is just a drop in the bucket of all the goodies Terry has over at Creative Cuts and More...  You can visit Diecut Divas and get all kinds of wonderful ideas on how we decorated some of the wonderful things she has..... or you could come up with an idea of your own, which I would love to see!  Just remember these are perfect little projects to do with your kids and they make great gifts...
Oh, I almost forgot...  Be sure and get some Killer Red or White Tacky Tape when your ordering.... It's the perfect tape to keep these little boxes together!! 
I can't show you the little Easter Box I made today.. but I will sometime this month..
Thats all I got for know!!!  I told you it was going to be long post!!!!
Thanks for dropping by!!!
Have a wonderful weekend!!!
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Thursday, April 7, 2011

Colten's New Wheels ~ Sketches In Thyme

Hi everyone!!  It's Thursday and that means it's time for another wonderful sketch challenge over at Sketches In Thyme.  This weeks sketch is from wittyliving and I must say was a little intimidating at first...  Here's the sketch...
But after I chose my photos of little GS Colten, I turned the sketch and just let my imagination work with the photos...  I also did the challenge over at Inspire Me, which, along with using mostly Webster's Pages, we were to use Webster's Trim and do some fussy cutting and layering...  Well, with a little boy layout, that was HARD!!  I can see using WP for little girls, but BOYS!!!  Well, I did the best I could.  It doesn't have a lot of layers like I usually have, but I think I accomplished what I was going for!!  Here are a few close ups....

Everything on this layout is from Webster's Pages except the SU Old Olive CS, buttons, twine and letters.  Here you can see some of my fussy cutting.   All of the flowers are cut from Wonderfall ~ Count Your Blessings.

More flowers, and the little brown borders, butterfly, journaling block, and the ruler are all stickers from WP.  You can also see the trim/ribbon which I gathered,  and one of the buttons tied with twine.. 

Close up of more of my fussy cutting, the little bird sticker and part of the tree sticker, also from WP..

Here are a few challenges this layout will qualify for..
Inspire Me ~ Webster's Pages with a twist of Trim/Ribbon
Alphabet Challenge ~ V - Vehicle(s)
The ABC Challenge ~ R - Ribbon

Here is a list of scrappy things I used on this layout..
SU Old Olive CS
Webster's Pages ~ Wonderfall ~ Playtime
Webster's Pages ~ Wonderfall ~ Count Your Blessings
Chipboard Letters from stash
Buttons from Stash
Twine from stash
WP Ribbon
WP Stickers

We have another fabulous prize for April and it's from ME!!, Yep, I have put together a little something for you..  But your have to play along to win... And the more times you play the more chances you have to win!! 
Here's what you will win

Here's what's in the package...

7 pages double sided papers from Stampin' Up ~ Designer Series Paper ~ Good Morning Sunshine 12 X 12
2 pages Stampin Up ~ Old Olive Cardstock 12 x 12
2 pages Stampin Up ~ So Saffron Cardstock 12 x 12
3 pages Stampin Up ~ Pacific Point Cardstock 8 1/2 x 11
3 pages Stampin Up ~ Chocolate Chip Cardstock 8 1/2 x 11
1 Doodlebug Design ~ Fancy Frills Cardstock Border Stickers
1 K&Company Citronella Drinks Grand Adhesion
1 La Petites 3-D Flowers Polka Stickers
1 American Traditional Designs ~ Summer Sizzle

Be sure and see what the Design Team did with this sketch, and then we would love for you to play along with us!!
Thanks so much for dropping by!!
Have a wonderful day!!
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