July 29, 2015

Why yes, I am scrapping while on vacay!

It's a must that I pack a simple kit or two to take on vacation; it keeps me sane during down times.  I am not one of those people who have to schedule an outing every day; you gotta rest in between.  Plus, I knew my dd would want to shop and I hate shopping so, off she went and the rest of us are relaxing.  Plus, I had to stay out of the sun today since I am having a problem with SC's intense sun that caused me to burn.  Yes, ME ..sunburn!  And yes, it's worse in person :(  

Anyway, I picked some challenges and the first one that caught my attention was the July  ANYTHING GOES Challenge over at Clique Kits...I so love their blog, so much inspiration!  Have never done a challenge with them (too scared) but decided to conquer my fear since I'm 50!!
I grabbed their sketch by Amanda and tried to do it justice with the limited supplies I had!

July 27, 2015

Scrap Our Stash Challenge # 28

Scrap Our Stash Challenge #28 features a sketch by Emma Stafrace:
Sketch Challenge #28
and my take on it...sorry faces are blurry but I was in a rush and had to use my old camera phone!

 ps-I used my July CKCB kit...WIN WIN!  I think this is layout #4 but I couldn't post #s1-3 since I used them for future DT assignments!! You have TWO days left to enter and one lucky winner will win this awesome prize:


July 22, 2015

Have you been playing along with us ??

Challenge YOUrself has some colorful inspiration for YOU to kickstart YOUr mojo this month! Don't forget this month's sketch and color palette:

I was inspired by the blue and pink and the yellow and knew I had the perfect papers for the job!  Since it was for a July reveal, I scrapped a picture of me and my twin sister since we turned 50 this month!
Last month, CY had a whopping 50 entries!  I challenge you to link up with us!  Find some quiet time for yourself and craft away!!  Challenge rules are {HERE}

July 18, 2015

Scrap Our Stash July stash challenge!

This month's STASH CHALLENGE at SCRAP OUR STASH The objective of our stash challenges is to get you to dig into your stash, get creative and use up some or your buried, and hoarded stash, old or new.   Therefore for the Stash Challenges you are NOT allowed...   To use PHOTO or PICTURE for the letter P   or  EMBELLISHMENT for the letter E ****
"Had some Aurora Basic Grey that was begging to be used! Kept this clean and simple so that the faith quote would be my focal point. My miracle kid with me on Mother's Day 2015.

My PHOTOS recipe:
(P) Peacock feather (vintage Cosmo Cricket)
(H) Hashtag #
(O) Overlay over photo (MME)
(T) Thread (very fine gold thread at top of photo)
(O) Octagon (made my own)
(S) Stars (chipboard and wood veneer)"

Super Saturday week catch up!

I know I know, my blog's been dusty and neglected this month... I thought that with the boy in camp, I'd have more time to craft but instead, I'm busier than ever!  Went down to VA and spent some time with the dad celebrating my (our) birthday -my 50TH!!!!  Nothing like homemade lemon coconut cake baked by my big sis Lynne (Mizz. Martha Stewart), happy hours, Hanover tomatoes and crabs !   Squeezed in dinner and cupcakes with the bff2 and since we skipped the 4th, had some sparkler time with the kiddos....add in work and other stuff and it's been one busy July!

Just wanted to say Happy Birthday again to my twin sister Karla!!! (I know, I was really chilling last weekend; it was sooooo hot down there, all I did was sweat!)
I have some time today before another birthday celebration (you only turn 50 once!) so I am gonna dig into my CKCB kit and make some stuff!   See ya tomorrow!!

July 10, 2015


Still counting the days to the big 5-0!  (3 days woop woop!)  but just a reminder of all the challenges I am part of this wonderful month of July!

Our RED, WHITE AND BLUE challenge is still up at The Studio Challenges where yours truly is their July Guest Designer!
Hope you get time to join us this month!

July 5, 2015

It's a Scrapping Sunday!

On this U.S. Stars and Stripes weekend, I hope you found time for food, family and fireworks !  Hopefully on this Scrappin' Sunday, you'll find time for some paper fun!  I'm delighted to be the Guest Designer for The Studio Challenges for the whole month of July!  What better way to celebrate my birthday month than to be the guest of some talented ladies! 
Grab our Badge!
Our first challenge fits right into the 4th of July holiday/summer theme of it all:  STARS AND STRIPESCould be any Stars and Stripes , not necessarily 4th of July :) since some of you gals are international!!  Hope you'll hop over to the blog for the DT reveal, join us for the challenge,  and don't forget to leave me some Royal L-O-V-E!

July 4, 2015

My July CKCB is up!

This month, the divas over at the Counterfeit Kit Challenge Blog CKCB (click link if you don't know all about them!) picked a kit that was wayyyy outta my comfort zone!  But, in the quest to use stash, I attempted to forge a kit instead of skipping to August!  This month's Counterfeit Kit came from an international site called Scrapabilly:

It was challenging to me cause I really can't do monochromatic so instead, I chose to start with the NEUTRALS and build from there:  kraft, wood, black, and the teal (minty). Last but not least, some 6 x 6 paper packs and a 12 x 12 vintage EP collection that had some of the browns and blacks I might use.

  And VOILA, my  kit:

   I then went through my tag fascination stash, added in some alphas, edgings, frames, wordy words, florals and trims:
And what kit would be complete without an ADD-ON??  I keep a basket of "stuff" on my scrap table so I just rummaged around and picked some misc fun stuff. I also dug through my June CKCB kit remnants and added some of those in there too:

 I did pretty good last month; I made 8 layouts with my CKCB kit and so I challenge myself again to try and do at least 10 again for July.  :):):) Thanks for popping by to check it out!

July 2, 2015


It's July so it's really real:  I am in the official countdown to 5-0!!  Eleven days to go!!  So, for THIS #TBT, I went back....WAY back :):)  lol

Why do I have to be in here??

June 28, 2015

It's a scrapping Sunday!

Family decided to rest today and since I got so much done staying home yesterday (we had hella crazy rain and storms and since it was just me & the boy, we stayed home and I did chores) and so that meant that today  WAS FREE!!!  So, I did some scrapping for myself!  First up, a scraplift challenge issued by the talented ladies at Paper Issues~we had to scrapllift this beautiful layout created by Jennifer Holloway-McMurtrey:
Becky Monmaney's photo.

and here's my take on it: A layout done of my Thing 2 on his last day of school this year.

 We had a less than desirable 5th grade year and I truly wish his teachers this year could've seen what a gift he truly is {sigh} but "I KNOW" that he is and that's all that matters !! The SIMPLE STORIES I AM COLLECTION" bits and pieces that I had laying around were perfect for this ! He is blessed, He is strong, he is dreaming big and much more!

Next up ?  Layout # 8 using my CKCB kit:  And I won't lie, those flocked stickers have been in my stash for at least 4 years!                                                                                                                           
We were on a senior pic photo shoot and this picture was one of the outtakes; it was actually just a darkish shadow blob but I decided that it still captured her beauty and so I just lightened it and used it.


June 26, 2015

TGIF! How's your weeekend shaping up??

With all the juggling of other peoples schedules, I probably won't get to scrap this weekend BUT for today, this fab Friday, I'm the DT reveal over at Scrap Our Stash!  This month's sketch challenge involved hearts...uhhh   oohh...ya'll know how I feel about shapes (no can do...well, maybe triangles are ok, but the rest are a challenge)-at least that's one thing we an all relate to is that just because you are on a DT doesn't mean something isn't a challenge!

Sketch Challenge #27

So, I really wanted to use some of the stencils and paints that are in my studio and so I TRIED some mixed media with this one! And, I attempted to use hearts :):)

pretty recent pic of my daughters graduation dinner....wonderful time, all the fam here visiting...

So, if YOU get a chance to scrap this weekend, I hope you'll join us for our June challenges at Scrap Our Stash; don't forget that one lucky winner will get their hot little hands on THIS:

For complete challenge details and rules, click HERE.

June 25, 2015

TGIT!! using CKCB for SC Lucky 7 !

Normally, I would have a CKCB (Counterfeit kit Challenge Blog) kit and would just use it for CKCB posts/forgeries..but why was I doing that?  At the end of the month, I'd end up with 1/2 kit sitting there, still begging to be used and then being sent to the corner of unused kits...So, I decided that I would make my kits and use them for other challenges with the intention of doing at least 10 layouts from the kit...SO, the 7th layout used from the kit is for the June Full House Challenge at Scrapbook Challenges:
and here's what I came up with:

went a little overboard with the stars and the Basic Grey enamels cause I'm
addicted to stars and bling !! 3 Washi tapes are at the top, used 3 alphas (gold, varsity and minis) and the art bits are from Teresa Collins.
 We 3 are moms of kids that have different needs and so we have a special bond :)  We always say we are gonna get together but our hectic schedules hardly allow that so I was grateful for this day that we got to go have lunch. The lunch experience was yukky but seeing them made it worth it :):):)


Still plugging away with my CKCB kit! (#6)

Today's blog hop (previous post) from CKCB (Counterfeit Kit Challenge Blog) had many of us scrapping to Challenge # 3-Pick One Side or Another...well, since I made two kits for the month, I stuck to the same challenge but used my Basic Grey Aurora inspired kit.  AND, I PICKED THE OTHER SIDE :):)

So far, I've used my kit with a passion, I am up to layout # 6 (I couldn't post #5 since it's for a DT assignment)

June 24, 2015

It's a CKCB blog hop!

Welcome to my part of the CKCB Members' Blog Hop!
You should have hopped over from Cindy's blog, but if not, you can start at the beginning at the CKCB blog and come back and see me twice lol!  For this hop, I chose Challenge # 3- ONE SIDE OR THE OTHER!
Meaning, focus on one side of your paper and leave the other half as white space!
I immediately thought about the Twix commercial...but there is no right or wrong side! 
I used my June "Barista-ish" CKCB kit and I mixed metals cause I couldn't pick a side on that either!
Here's what I came up with!
I apologize for the blurry pic but it was storming here last night.
Hope you've been inspired by our creations !! The next diva on the CKCB hop is MARGIE!!

June 22, 2015

(Scrap) Challenge YOUrself welcomes ASA!

 The supa talented ASA joins our team this month!  I have trolled around her blog (she makes cards and layouts so there's lots to see) and this is one of my favorite layouts of hers! Hop over to Challenge YOUrself to learn all about her!

My Photo

Motivational Monday!

Grab Our Button!
What can I do to motivate YOU to get in the pictures??  A challenge you say??  Well, I got one for you and it's pretty easy this month over at Challenge YOUrself!   Since the kids are now out of school here in the U.S, maybe you have a few minutes to get away and craft for yourself?  This month's challenge is ANYTHING GOES as long as you are in the picture!  The picture doesn't have to be perfect, you don't have to be perfect, and just to show you that I  have scrapped myself looking less than perfect, here ya go! It's all about the memory-my kids won't be looking at my weight or my hair (well, maybe my daughter might lol) but I don't care!  (#aleidaschallenge)

And for more MOTIVATION and inspiration, our DT boss lady Lynn is introducing our new CHALLENGE YOURSELF DT members on the blog starting today; hope you'll hop over and check them out!!

June 20, 2015

LOTD-CKCB Layout # 4!

I had been away from CKCB for months and I promised myself that June would be all about going back, creating an awesome kit (I actually created 2 hahaha) and about using stash.  Grabbed my "Barista" wannabee kit (original post here) and used a few things.  Not many for this layout, but I still used stash.

I did reach into my large misc embellishment bag (I'll have to show you that on Sunday) and my floral stash. 


today was the last day of school- POTD
He's such a sweetheart-I wish I could shout that from the top of the roof-here's hoping that next year will be a new start and new beginnings for him :):):) since we are pulling him away from a mainstream class...here's hoping (and praying).

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