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).

June 19, 2015

It's a SUPER Saturday and I'm smh at myself lol

I'm on two DTs and so I TRY to get all those layouts done ahead of time so that I can scrap for myself.  I usually put kits together on my own and then grab a handful of challenges and scrap away.  Last month I said I was going to use a SIGNIFICANT portion of my stash AND do lots of challenges!  Well I have succeeded pretty much on the stash use but not on the deadlines.  That being said, this LO WAS for Flashback Friday Sketch # 159 at Scrapbook Challenges but I missed the deadline AGAIN :(

and my take:
and guess what??  This is layout # 3 using my June Counterfeit Kit (CKCB)!!

June 18, 2015

another DTreveal! and a ThursdayThrowback (or 2)

I'm still on this amazing team that allows YOU to be front and center of your creativity!  We recently had a DT call and are now welcoming our new CHALLENGE YOUrself  DT members!!  A round of ROYAL applause for:
 Asa Johanson 
 Susanne Brauer Gemma Steele   and Taru Jehkohen

You'll be introduced to all their fabulosity over at the CHALLENGE YOUrself blog over the next few weeks and that's one thing I LOVE about this design team is that they are introducing me to bloggers who are new to me all the time!  Meanwhile, our June CY Challenge # 19  is up and don't forget, it's ANYTHING GOES as long as we see YOU!

I have a different reveal on the blog, but here are some #TBT LOs to show you what we mean!  Scrap Yourself!  The more you do it, the more comfortable you'll get doing it!
and since Lynn is so generous, look at this month's prize!

join in on the fun, get in the pictures, and best of all, let US see YOU!

both challenges are up at SOS!

You have until June 29th to link up to our June challenges at Scrap Our Stash and just in case you forgot, here they are:
Stash Challenge #27~ Word BRADS

Sketch Challenge #27
make sure you hop over to SOS for our rules and challenge requirements AND for the reveal of the sketch challenge  TWIST!  This month's prize is pretty amazing and it's full of gorgeous yellows and blues for all your summer projects!

June 17, 2015

Our SOS DT is revealed !!

Scrap Our Stash Challenge
Introducing our June -December 2015 DT!!!
Please help us welcome back the following designers for another term:
Kate Blue (that's me!)

In addition to the returning designers, we have 6 MORE TALENTED DESIGNERS joining our team. 
I'll be featuring them here all summer on the blog!
Please join with us in CONGRATULATING and extending a warm WELCOME to the new SOS designers:

June 15, 2015

Dived straight into my Counterfeit Kit!

Got my June kit together over the weekend and decided to jump straight in and use it ASAP instead of waiting until the end of the month!  So, here are layouts 1 and 2!

I used each CKCB kit-sorry for blurry pics; I really don't know how to use my camera {STILL}! Still using pictures that have been sitting on my studio table for a year!


June 13, 2015

Scrapping Saturday!!

It's my anniversary today but everybody's working  until late late so that means I get a rain check...does that make me sad?  Nope, cause it means I get to play with paper for a bit!  So, I gathered up some kits and trolled around for some crafty challenges so I can use up my 2015 stash that is getting out of control.


sketch is by blog owner Anna:

and here's my take on it:

My June CKCB kit...it's been awhile


I honestly blush when I say I have been away from CKCB (Counterfeit Kit Blog Challenge) for MONTHS...I have gotten lazy and sloppy with my supplies and now, they're outta control so I'm back so I can use up my stash during the summer!  This month, their June challenge was all about BASIC GREY!

I actually put 2 kits together for my counterfeit kit.  This first one is a "semi" hack since I already had 99.9%  of the Aurora in my stash (I won it from BG long time ago and only used it on 2 layouts) and so I just added a small embellishment kit of stuff outta my stash bag:
my second kit is loosely based on their "BARISTA" kit-
 loved all the black and yellow and so I trolled around in my stash and pulled some serious vintage paper -anyone remember Tinkering Ink??!!
and while I do love coffee, I didn't put any coffee embellishment in my embellishment package cause I didn't have any!  I reserve the right to "forge" some embellishments along the way though.  I was inspired by the "inkiness" of their embellishments and the leaves of it all :)  So like I said, this kit was loosely inspired by the THEIR original.
I had some scrap pieces of more black & yellow papers and was inspired by the words so I made my own words for handcutting...found that little leaf stamp in my stamp box that I may use for a banner forge later!  Cool white arrow looking tags came from the paint section at Lowe's!   Hope you enjoyed my kit and I can't wait to show you what I create this week!

June 12, 2015



June 10, 2015

It's a Wonderful Wednesday where anything goes!

yup!  We decided to keep it easy peasy this month (cause we know how busy you are) over at Challenge Yourself!

You read it correctly!  This month, Challenge # 19 is:  ANYTHING GOES!! I decided to use my Fancy Pants Office Suite that  I got from Leslie @ The Memory Nest :)  Added in some gold bling (from Michael's) and a few other bits and VOILA!!

Office Suite Collection Pack

Just make sure YOU are in the photo AND make sure you link up with us at our Linky Party by July 4th! 

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