Thursday, February 24, 2011

Love that smile ~ Sketches In Thyme

Hi everyone! This week it's time for Team "A" to show off over at Sketches In Thyme and we have a very easy challenge...  It's "Open Sketch" week and that means that you get to use any sketch you like,  just be sure and upload it with your layout!  I decided to use one of my sketches...  Here it is.... I hope you like it...

I wanted to use this sweet photo of little GS Zach I took about 2 1/2 weeks ago and I thought this layout would be perfect..  Zach is such a happy little guy and is always smiling, except when it's nap time...   Does not like to take his nap.  I guess he's afraid he'll miss something...  :o)

Here are a few close ups
Here you can see some of the distressed edges, the punched circle, the stamped corner and the butterfly.

Here you can see the cute letters, more distressing and a metal star..

Here is a Prima Flower which I added a brad for the center...  Netting sprayed with Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist, Chocolate Lace Ribbon and a Stick Pin.

Here is some more distressing, a Basic Grey chipboard bird,  and more netting and ribbon..

Here are a few challenges this layout qualifies for:
Sketches In Thyme ~ Open Sketch

Here is the scrappy list of things I used on this layout:
SU Soft Suede CS and Ink
BoBunny ~ Cambridge Collection
My Mind's Eye ~ Lost & Found Collection
SU So Saffron CS
Basic Grey ~ Curio ~ Bird
Prima Flower
Chocolate Lace Ribbon
Netting - from stash
Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist ~ Indian Corn
MS Rings corner and border Punches
MS Deco Fan Border Punch
QuicKutz Cookie Cutter Espresso Alphabet Die Cut Letters
My Moments Puffy Message Stickers
K&Company ~ Tim Coffey~ Blossomwood Butterfly

Please check out the other amazing layouts from the Design Team..  We would love for you to join in on the fun... Remember, it's "open" so you can use any sketch you like..
We also have a fabulous prize,

but to win, you have to play...  Can't wait to see what you come up with!!!
Thanks so much for dropping by!!! 
Have a wonderful week!!
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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Hershey's luv pats!!! Frosted Designs-Sketch Along Tuesday

Hi everyone, it's Tuesday and that means that it's time for another Sketch Along Tuesday Challenge over at Frosted Designs...  And Guess what?  Yep, this weeks sketch is by lil' ole' me, again!!!  I hope you enjoy using these as much as I enjoy creating them...   Our sponsor for this month is Nikki Sivils and I had some of the Sugar Cookie collection left over from my layout I did for the last challenge, so I decided to make another layout using this "sweet" collection.  This is another layout of my DGD Savannah..  But, before I go into the details, I need to show you the sketch!
Just think of the possibilities!!!  I just wanted to make a cute and girly layout.  So I found these cute photos of GD Savannah taken back in December, 2008.  She was 3 1/2 years old and she is petting our very old kitty, Hershey, who was around 18 years old at the time.  She's no longer with us, but she had a wonderful and pampered life!!   Hershey was one of a kind..  The only safe place to pet her was her head..  Anywhere else and she might just take a chunk out of you....  Notice Savannah very cautiously petting her "boody", but not for long...  When that tail started swishing, you better watch out!!  She would let you know very quickly when she had had enough..  She lived to be close to 20 years before we lost her... And I can honestly say that we all miss her!!!
Here are a few close ups:
Here you can see some of the fun colors in this collection, the corduroy buttons and the sticker alphabet.

Here is a handmade flower I made using paper from the 6 x 6 mini paper pad.. I cut this out with the Tim Holtz Tattered Floral Die and added a Pearl Brad in the center... The leaves are individual leaves that I just layered and I added the curly piece.  This is all layered over Prima pearl bling..

Here you can see my hidden tag that I have journaled on.  This is made with the 7 Gypsies - Savannah Tag.. I layered this on a piece of SU Chocolate Chip CS, punched a hole and added some ribbon. 
You can also see some of the punched border using the Martha Stewart Eyelet Lace Border Punch.

And finally, here I fussy cut the hearts, added stickles and layered them over a piece of chocolate lace ribbon.

Here are a few challenges this qualifies for:
Dutch Dare Card Challenge ~ Sparkle, Glitter and Bling
Fab 'n' Funky Challenge ~ Make Your Own - I made my flower and added the individual leaves around it.
Incy Wincy Designs ~ Use punches or dies
Paper Play Challenge ~ Add Shine - stickles
My Sheri Crafts ~ All About Girls
Simply Create ~ Bold and Bright
Res-Q Challenge ~ Something that makes you happy - (GD Savannah)

Here is a list of scrappy things I used on this layout:
SU Chocolate Chip CS
SU DSP Melon Mambo
Nikki Sivils "Sugar Cookie" Collection
7Gypsies ~ Savannah Tag
Tim Holtz Tattered Floral Die
MS Eyelet Lace Border and Corner Punch
Prima Say It In Pearls
Pearl Brad
Lace Ribbon

Please check out the other layouts from the Design Team..  We would love for you to play along.  Remember we have a new Nikki Sivils Collection for the prize, It's called Tree Love, and it's so cute. 
 But you have to play in order to be eligible to win, so what are you waiting for!! 
I also want to remind everyone that there is a Design Team Call over at Frosted Designs and they are looking for a few new scrappers...  If you're interested please go check out all the details here...  But hurry, it closes Feb. 25th.
Thanks for dropping by and come back anytime!!
Have a wonderful week!!
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Friday, February 18, 2011

Learning to Share ~ Stuck On U Sketch Challenge

Hi everyone!!!   Can you believe that it's Friday, again!  I don't know about you, but to me it seems like the weeks are flying by.  I only have 6 more weeks left at work!!  :o)  But, I'm going to be available by phone and drive in if they need me for awhile, which I don't mind at all...  It's still going to give me a lot of freedom to do the things I want to do, like, playing grandma and crafting... and if I have time, a little spring cleaning!!  Anyways, nuff about that...  Since it's Friday, it's time for another wonderful sketch challenge over at Stuck On U Sketches, and this time it's from PageMaps..
I pretty much followed the original sketch, just "flipped" it...  The photos I used were taken last December here at our place.  It was a gorgeous day and DS Levi, and DGS Colten were playing with the scooter...  Levi was pushing Colten around for awhile and then he decided to take it on a spin down the gravel road...  At first Colten was pushing him with one hand while he was holding the bat, and as Levi went faster, Colten couldn't stay up so he started waving the bat..  It was too cute...  I guess Colten thought daddy was getting a longer turn than he got, and was a little upset with him for not sharing!!!  LOL
Here are a few close ups
Here you can see some distressing, Cuttlebug Floral Borders, Letters from QuicKutz, Hardware with SU ribbon..

I fussy cut the little birds from Jenni Bowlin-Sparrow pp and then chalked them....

Here's my journaling on the Sizzix Bigz Top Note Die Cut...

Here you can see the Bazzill Die Cut strip run thru the Crimper and the SU Ribbon, along with the cute little insert photo of Colten..

Here are a few other challenges that this layout will qualify for...
A Spoon Full of Sugar ~ Anything but a card
C.R.A.F.T. ~ Not a card
Crafts and Me Challenge ~ Time to spread your wings
Creative Inspirations ~ Distressing

Here is the list of scrappy things I used on this layout..
SU Basic Black CS
Colorbok CS
Jenni Bowlin ~ Sparrow
Cuttlebug ~ Floral Borders
QuicKutz Cookie Cutter Espresso Alphabet Dies
Bazzill Die Cuts
SU Ribbon
Hardware from stash
Sizzix Bigz Top Note

Be sure and check out the beautiful layouts from the Design Team.  We have a couple of ladies stepping down and we have 4 new designers.. So you need to head on over there and catch up on what's happening...  And then, we would love for you to play along with us!!
Remember to check out our tips/tutorial every other Friday...  Last week, Leah showed us some fabulous tips on embossing... If you missed it, you can see it here..... 
Thank you so much for dropping by and please come back anytime!!
Have a wonderful weekend!!!!!
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Thursday, February 10, 2011

Amanda ~ Sweet 16 -- Sketches In Thyme Challenge

Hi everyone!!  Looks like we may be seeing the end of this nasty weather down here in Texas...  The only good thing about it is I didn't mind scrapping because the weather is so cold I don't want to be outside...  And since today is Thursday, we have another fabulous sketch over at Sketches In Thyme and I hope you will join us!!!  Here is the sketch...
While I was looking for photos to use for this layout.  I came across these photos of my DD Amanda taken back in 1998, I've been waiting to scrap them because I wanted to do something different.  So I looked through my ever ending paper stash and I came across the beautiful Creative Imaginations Signature Collection I got in Last Mays swirlydoos kit...  When I got the kit I had no idea what photo(s) to use with this beautiful paper.  But as I looked closer at the photos and paper,I think they would compliment each other nicely...  Luckily I had 2 of each of the pages so I could cut the curtains and layer them, and put the photo and heart between the layers...  I also added the fibers between the valance...  I'm thinking the results are elegant but playful and Amanda loved it....  
Here are a few close ups
Here is a Petaloo flower cluster which I tied with a black satin ribbon..  You can also see one of the curtains I cut and layered over a piece of Creative Imaginations Christine Adolph paper...

Here is a Dusty Attic chandelier that I added stickles just to add a little/lot of sparkle, and the music notes are another Dusty Attic piece that I sprayed with Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist..  You can also see a portion of the heart I cut out of Creative Imaginations Marah Johnson Creme Music paper, to give that layout that kind of dreamy/romantic feel...

And finally, here is a close up of the fun beaded eyelash trim and beautiful beaded ribbon I added to the valance for some fun texture...  You can see the Thickers  also...

This layout will qualify for the following challenges...
CES Challenge ~ Red and Romance
Cupcake Challenge ~ Seeing Red
Craft Your Days Away ~ Photo Inspiration ( Amanda has a single rose in the photo)
Fab "n" Funky ~ Tempting Textures
My Time To Craft ~ Flowers and Heart(s)  My heart is under the photos
Ooh La La Challenge ~ Someone Special

Here is the list of scrappy things I used on this layout...
Creative Imagination ~ Signature Theater Collection
Creative Imaginations ~ Christine Adolph
Creative Imaginations ~ Marah Johnson Creme Music
Red Glitter Paper
Petaloo Canterberry ~ Magnolia & Berries
Beaded Ribbon
Beaded Eyelash Trim
Dusty Attic Chandelier
Dusty Attic Music Notes
Prima Say It In Pearls
Thickers ~ Rainboots
Please check out the other beautiful layouts from the design team.  We hope we've inspired you to play along this week...  If you do, remember to upload it so we can all see it, and to be eligible for this months prize...  The more times you play the more chances you have at winning this fabulous prize...

Thanks for dropping by!!
Come back any time!!
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Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Sweet Savannah is our little barnyard princess... Frosted Designs - Sketch Along Tuesday

Hi everyone!!!  It's Tuesday and that means it's time for another Sketch Along Tuesday Challenge over at Frosted Designs!!!  And guess what???  Today you are going to be using one of 'MY" sketches that I designed!!!  OMG I'm so excited and can't wait to see what you come up with using it....  Here's my sketch:
This month we also have a wonderful sponser who is not only going to be giving one prize, but is actually going to be giving two prizes this month...  First of all, our sponser is Nikki Sivils and the first prize will be her cute Sugar Cookie Collection..  Is this not the "sweetest" collection you've ever seen?!!!   Here are a few close -ups of my layout using this super cute collection...  This is also to give you an idea that you don't just have to use this for "girly" layouts.  I wanted to make this grungy and distressed.. kinda outdoorsy...  know what I mean!! 
Here you can see some of my sanding and distressing  I layered Cookie Border Strips from the Mini Pad under the torn corner...the little heart and circle are from the sticker sheet from the kit..  The purple letters are Thickers and the ribbon is from my stash...

The little letters are from the sticker sheet

Here are 2 more stickers from the sticker sheet... I added stickles!!!

I fussy cut this group of hearts from the Mini Pad, I also added a little stickles to add some sparkle...  The letters you see are from BoBunny..

Here is a Prima Flower and some Prima Bling..

Here are 2 of the cute corduroy brads from Nikki's Cool Set...

Here is a journaling sticker, and the photo corners are also from the sticker sheet.  I added stickles to add a little more bling...  The scallop circle is cut from the Sugar Cookie Delight Scallop Circle Die Cut...

Items I used on this layout...
Sugar Cookie Collection
Sprinkle Love
Sugar Cookie Delight Die Cut Scallop
Cookie Border Strips
Sugar Cookie Mini Pad
Cardstock and Sticker Sheet
Corduroy Brads ~ Cool Set
BoBunny Sticker Letters ~ Petal Pushers
Prima Flower
Prima Bling

Be sure and check out the other beautiful layouts from the Design Team, and I would love to see what you do with this sketch.. Be sure and upload it so you have a chance to win the super cute Sugar Cookie Collection from Nikki Sivils..  Remember you only have 2 weeks to play along for this collection...
Thanks for dropping by!!!
Have a wonderful week!!
Stop back by anytime!!
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Friday, February 4, 2011

Memories that last a lifetime! ~ SOUS Sketch Challenge

First of all, what is going on with this weather?!!!  It doesn't ever get this cold down here in Texas.... I can't wait for it to get back to our normal temps!!
The only good thing about today is...  TGIF..  and that means another fabulous sketch challenge over at Stuck On U Sketches!!  And for me, this weeks sketch was just a little tricky!!  But, you know, I think I did a pretty good job with it....   Here it is!

As you can see I changed it up just a little, but I tried to keep the "feel" of the original sketch... For this one I wanted to use these cute photos of DS Levi and sweet GS Colten doing what they do every night...  look at tractor magazines...  If you don't already know, Colten loooves tractors... When he comes over here he has his own set of magazines that he looks through over and over again.. And he does not tear them up!!  Anyway, the photos were taken by my DIL who so graciously shared them with me...  I got the black and white photo of the tractor background from one of my DH's Tractor Magazines and I just copied it off on some photo paper...  Since it was a b/w photo, I decided to print my photos in b/w too, and then decided to make a mono-chromatic layout....  Which I really like the way it turned out.

Here are a few close-ups
Here you can see the photo I printed and the stick on letters I added...

Here you can see a portion of the black CS which I painted with the Tim Holtz Distressing ink.. I like the way this really looks grungy!! 

Here is my journaling tag..

Here is the metal tag from Teresa Collins which I rubbed with Tim Holtz Distressing Ink, butterfly punched with the MS Butterfly Punch, a Prima Flower, and some Prima Say It In Crystal bling!!

And finally here is a close up of sweet little Colten and his daddy!!!

Here are a few other challenges this will qualify for:
Alphabet Challenge ~ N for Numbers
Creative Prompts ~ Choose one of their last 50 challenges... I chose the colors from Challenge #45  Whisper 
Cupcake Craft Challenge ~ Old MacDonald Had a Farm

Here is the list of scrappy list of items I used:
SU Basic Black CS painted with
Tim Holtz Distress Crackle Paint ~ Vintage Photo
Webster's Pages Hollywood Vogue
Graphic 45 Botanicabella Collection - Botanical News
MS Butterfly Punch
MS Border Punch
SU Corner Punch
SU Tag Punch
Prima Flower
Making Memories~Antique Copper Lacy Brads
Teresa Collins ~ Blingage - decorative metal frame

Be sure and check out the other wonderful layouts from the other ladies.... And then we would love for you to play along with us..  Remember you have 2 weeks to create a layout using this sketch...  I don't know if you've noticed, but we are now doing tutorials on our off Fridays.  The next one will be Friday the 11th.  Our first tutorial was last Friday, where Nanne shared with us how to make Lace Rosette Flowers that you can use on your layouts, your cards, or really any project you're working on...  If you didn't get a chance to see it, click here!!  You will definitely want to try your hand at making some of these!!! 
Thanks so much for dropping by!!
I would love to hear from you!!
Stay warm, safe, and healthy!!
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