December 18, 2014

Sketch Challenge #21 is up!

We have a new sketch up at Scrap Our Stash and I know that many of you are in the midst of creating cards and tags and gifts and such, but don't forget to take some time for yourself and just create a layout or two!  So, here's Sketch # 21:

I can't show my full reveal so here's fellow DT member Rochelle's reveal (I picked her because I love love love photo booth props!)

 Our stash twist is EASY- use as much of your stash as you want!!  Hope you'll find some ME time and join us this month and link you your projects-details {HERE}

December 16, 2014

Tradition Tuesday!


The lovely DT at Challenge YOUrself is all about TRADITIONS this month!
Another one of my family's traditions is to enjoy community holiday lights!  Since we were running errands tonight for a bit, I took the kids to go see some lights that were being buzzed about on YouTube! (this is one person's yard!! It was lovely up close and personal, very tastefully done)






Don't forget this month's Challenge is:

What are some of your traditions for the upcoming holiday season?  Do you have an old tradition that you continued from childhood or did you start your own?  Tell us about it.  
{PS:  Challenge does not have to be "holiday themed".  It can be any tradition through the year.}

Remember to include YOU in the photo :)
This month's prize is a $ 15 ecard GC from Peachy Cheap:
 
awesome !!





December 15, 2014

Marvelous Monday-what are you working on!


Well, we can tell that the holidays are here cause it's been busy busy busy! Squeezed in friends on Friday and Saturday and so Sunday was full with cooking family dinner, laundry, football, Christmas lights (those are always the last thing to go up since I detest messing with them) AND a bit of crafting...yup, I can do all that in one day! I was up on the Scrap Our Stash yesterday with this month's PHOTO INSPIRATION:


I loved the light and fluffy feel of the refreshments...the metallics,  the teal and tan combo are pretty cool so this is what I came up with: 


loved mixing metals contrary to the idea that silver and gold don't go together :)  Hope you will join us this month after you snap some quick holiday /December daily pics!

December 7, 2014

Welcome December and a new DT!

Grab Our Button!

It's December and I had mentioned that I am now on another Design Team that focuses on YOU!   CHALLENGE YOUrself  has a new challenge (# 13) and  this month, it's all about TRADITIONS...You know you have some pretty good ones!!
What are some of your traditions for the upcoming holiday season?  Do you have an old tradition that you continued from childhood or did you start your own?  Tell us about it.  
Remember to include YOU in the photo :)
 For people that know me, they know that my favorite Christmas movies are Elf, Fred Clause and A Christmas Story!  Love me some Ralphie!!
  One of my traditions that has happened for at least the last 6 years is that we watch the parade while we eat breakfast and then after breakfast, the tv in the living room switches over to TBS and A Christmas Story gets played on rotation ALL DAY LONG as I putter around the house and do Christmas cleanup and dinner prep.   My dd even has Ralphie pajamas (wish I had gotten myself some lol)
 

 That being said, here's my layout...the pic of me is AFTER I cook Christmas dinner!  We get cleaned up and eat dinner looking presentable, no eating in pajamas  much to my dismay!
ps-all the cute papers and the doodads (except the felt mistletoe (serious vintage Making Memories hoarding) and the gold tree trim (Queens Ink store) are from the December Swag bag at Paper Issues!
SO,  are you up for the challenge????  I TRIPLE DOG DARE YA!
 You have until January 4th, 2015 to link up your layout with us {HERE}

November 28, 2014

forgive me! CKCB blog hop mistake!

Blue, Green, Gold Peacock Egg Ornament: Vintage cameo, Has pale green silk backdrop. Trimmed with filigree butterfly, ornate braid, green glass beads,  sequins.



It's been a crazy week and hubby had the flu/cold/germy/needy last & this week and part of this week and I never realized that my Nov 24 th CKCB  blog hop post was never posted until I started to hop myself!!!   Grrrr...if you popped by from  Julene's blog then you are on the right track! I had an earlier  Pinterest inspired post  but here's another one since I was tardy for the party :)  and it's appropriate for today.  Challenge #1 was to be inspired by something you found on Pinterest...ANYTHING......The Pinterest ornament from Graycarornaments.com above caught my eye:

Loved all the teals combined with the mixed metals and the butterfly....
and my creation:
Hope you enjoyed the inspiration and again, I am soooo sorry!!

**ps this is LO # 4 with my kit















November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving!

Be Thankful for the little things...on this day, we give thanks for family, friends, health and GOD's continued blessings.Hope today is a wonderful day for all.
***CKCB LO #5

Super excited to be on a new DT* Toot (LONG POST)






Earlier this year, I found a new challenge site (new for me) called Challenge YOUrself and I loved that it fell into the philosophy along the lines of Aleida'sChallenge...I love all that it stands for! I'm super excited to say that I am now a part of their Design Team!!

Grab a Badge
Recently, we have all  read and kept up with Teresa Collins and her journey with her belovedTyler's cancer and also recently shared her pain of his passing.  One thing that I took away from so many of her posts was that family was so important to her and she documented and photographed THEIR LIFE-  it's so important that we all do that!
Doesn't matter what you are doing, it doesn't always have to be when we are all dolled up/special occasions:

 it could be just plain old cooking:
me & my Harry Potter tshirt Thanksgiving 2009
OR, playing outside:

and just regular everyday life:

my daughter says I am an over the top picture taker and it's true, but until a few years ago, I always just scrapped her and the boy...But I learned from a personal email from Aleida (the only one she sent me before she passed) and also from my friend Lisa Sanford is that YOU have to be in the STORY and  PICTURES otherwise it's really truly not as much of an impact to your children/family.  And so just for you guys, I have trolled through the old & new pics to bring you ME, weight issues and all, different haircolors, clothing choices of the good, bad and the ugly lol...and so now, I'm pretty comfortable scrapping myself and I hope you'll join me along with the rest of the DT at Challenge YOUrself as we challenge YOU to get comfortable and get in the pictures too! 2015 can be all about YOU if you let it happen   :):):)

November 26, 2014

Blessings..my heart is full

You still have time to play with us at Scrap Our Stash this month! Don't forget we have our sketch challenge going on...here's my reveal...as you can tell, gold is still in my favs!!

November 23, 2014

A new DT (Toot*)


 

The word is out!

Yup, I'm excited to join another DT !! Starting next month, I will be joining this lovely team of ladies at Challenge YOUrself and challenging YOU to get in the pictures and the story!   Ya'll already know I am a big fan of Aleidas Challenge and this blog fits into this perfectly but more on that next month!  For more on this new DT, hop over to and check each diva out!

November 16, 2014

Super Sunday and a new Sketch from SOS!

 


Scrap Our Stash has a new sketch for November created by the talented Rochelle Spears!
Sketch # 20  is here for your crafty pleasure and this month's challenge has TWO twists:  You must  also scrap "Something or Someone you are THANKFUL for" AND add 5 things out of your stash that your are thankful for (Your GO-TO's)....Link up to our Linky party at the SOS blog by Nov 29, 2014  11:59 PM (PST) ** To get your mojo jumpstarted, here's a sneak peek of what our November  guest designer, Mz. Sandra Scott created to inspire you :)- Full reveal at the SOS blog!


November 29th, 11:59 PM (PST)
include 5 STASH ITEMS on your layout that you are THANKFUL for (most likely it’s your “goto” stash items). - See more at: http://scrapourstash.blogspot.com/2014/11/november-sketch-challenge-20.html#sthash.oGqHrIvJ.dpuf
include 5 STASH ITEMS on your layout that you are THANKFUL for (most likely it’s your “goto” stash items). - See more at: http://scrapourstash.blogspot.com/2014/11/november-sketch-challenge-20.html#sthash.oGqHrIvJ.dpuf

November 15, 2014

Super Saturday LOTD

*** COUNTERFEIT KIT for November - Layout # 3 !!

November 14, 2014

scrap the imperfect...and more

I had every intention of using this layout for the Scrap ChallengeYourself Challenge # 12 cause I loved the sketch:
 
BUT...in my rush, I forgot that the most important part of the the challenge is to scrap YOURSELF!!  OM...hit self in the head :0
So, I scrapped a super cute layout of my guy, second problem was that I used those big stickers from Me & My Big Ideas that I referenced in an earlier post and they aren't very sticky (sorry for the truth but they weren't) and the glue that I used was on its last leg and so you can see it...ggrrr.........


Oh well...I simply moved on...so, I had to do another layout for the challenge that stuck to the rules LOL!  Came up with this one :) of me, Vee and E :):):):)
AND, I used my November Counterfeit Kit so that's now Layout # 2!

Amiche Di Scrap challenge!

I am all about the challenges this month to use up serious stash before Santa gets here (and brings me more scrap goodies) so the challenge this awesome Friday is from Amiche di Scrap.  Their Challenge #14 is to use (bazzil)/ black as a background.


 Summer 2014...ED SHEERAN concert, Baltimore , MD ...I gotta admit, I liked him before the concert, but after??? LOVED him, he was pretty dang amazing.  We gifted Thing 1 tickets for becoming a senior but it was general admission so we had to camp out for a coupla hours in the HOT HOT sun!  We had such a fun day (despite almost succumbing to heat exhaustion) and I had a great time with all the kids in the background too who hung with us all day.  Great memories :) :)

Black polka dot background then I junked it up with Maggie Holmes chipboard!!

November 13, 2014

Counterfeit Kit Nov Challenge #1


 

If you aren't on Pinterest, I have to wonder about you...no, wait ....maybe you are the sane one and you should be wondering about ME cause we all know how addictive it is! I LOVE Pinterest and you can follow me by clicking the link to the left!   Challenge # 1 over at CKCB is: TO BE INSPIRED BY PINTEREST!  Rather than do a scraplift from one of the millions thousands that I have pinned to my "Layouts" boards, I went to my "My Mood Board" board and saw this image courtesy of http://homes.ninemsn.com.au :

 beautiful table setting
INSPIRATION:  Color circle, Wood background, small earth tone accents,  white with one pattern, fall theme....could I do a Thirty Minute or less layout???? I dug in and got to scrapping it with my Counterfeit Kit!

 I did add to the layout with these REALLY BIG STICKERS from Me & My Big Ideas (I think I got them at Hobby Lobby):  I used one for the "plate" and then created around it.freestyled/handcut the brown leaves with my fabric template outta my kit. Awesome ribbon is from CTMH.
The Good Life
My tiny stamps are courtesy of Lameka @ Pink Bow Ties :)  (I'm not a stamper that's why they are crooked :):)

Not thirty minutes or less cause I overthunk it but....this is Layout #1 with my November CKCB kit and as you'll be able to tell, since it's November, most if not all of this month's CKCB layouts will be faith based/gratitude based :)

cleanup CKCB October layouts....

My scrap table (and room) is a pigsty...layouts just laying around...so I decided to finish up using my October CKCB kit so that I could dump the remnants back into the stash and to clean this mess up!!! Here were Layouts #10, 11 and 12 I think:

whew!  Now I can move on to my November CKCB kits/layouts!!

November 11, 2014

Countdown Stash Challenge reveal!

It's a Terrific Tuesday  (hope you've thanked a veteran today ) :)

Challenge # 20 "Countdown: challenge- Yours truly is up on the Scrap Our Stash blog!
 
My reveal:
 
 I used FIVE patterned Papers *  FOUR stickers (Heidi Swapp) * THREE numbers (Bingo card) * TWO stamps (cringe now, they got all jacked up) and ONE color black paint for the stenciling which was my twist. I messed it up since I am not great at mixing or at techniques but I scrapped it anyway and let it go!
Hope you are thinking about crafting with us this month -don't forget to schedule some YOU TIME in between the hustle and bustle of Thanksgiving....simplify a bit maybe??!!
.........and don't forget this month's prize!

November 10, 2014

What I Made Monday!

It's Monday and some type of germs have descended on our house so it's a quick share since I am in bed with some kinda stomach thing.  A dear friend of mine has been diagnosed with a serious illness and sometimes, just sometimes, art and creativity can be great therapy.  So, three of us got together this weekend, got supplies we already had in our scrapbook stash and did our own version of a Paint and Sip class ( we forgot the Sip part though since we were talking so much).... used acrylic paints, canvases, Silhouette shapes for the reindeer since we can't draw deer and an inspiration piece from the Internet.  We did everything freestyle and did the complementing mini canvas freestyle as well.

*ART...NO RULES, JUST RIGHT....ESPECIALLY SINCE WE DIDN'T SPEND ANY MONEY; ERR JUST USED STASH!

PS....mine are the Cutest ones in the center!! :)

November 7, 2014

TGIF! My Counterfeit Kit is ready!



Since last month's kit was a HUGE success, (I got 12 layouts done even though I only posted 9, I used 2 for a future DT post at Scrap Our Stash and one I forgot to photograph) I decided to keep the mojo rolling and get my November kit done today.  This month, the DT at the Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog (CKCB) used the "Fabulous Fall" kit from Scrapbook  & Cards Today as their inspiration.
 

I'll admit it, I already had the Fancy Pants Burlap & Bouquets  kit sitting in my stash so I already had a head start!  So here you have it, MY NOVEMBER "BLESSINGS" Counterfeited Kit!
Since the counterfeited kit was paper heavy, I just did my own ADD-ON kit!  I went through one  or two of my previous CKCB kits and my stash around this messy studio...Since it's November, I tried to keep my embellishments looking like a leafy/fall theme.  Added in stickers, chip, canvas shapes, buttons, Wendy Vecchi goodies,  mixed ephemera and no kit of mine is complete without wood veneers!.   I know I might have some of those burlap looking hearts in my stash but if I can't find them, I'll just cut up some real burlap shapes :):)


The super cool nerdy guy on the right is a business card -love him!
Thanks for popping by, hope your Friday is awesome!  I am on my way to work (evening hours today due to multitasking with the kiddos schedules) but I do plan on playing with my kit when I get home tonight!

November 6, 2014

We are up to Challenge #20 at Scrap Our Stash!

November already???...WOW! ...and we are already up to Challenge # 20 !!!!!!! AND, don't forget that our DT call is still open!!


Create a layout and you must include the specific items and quantities on the list below:
5 ~ Patterned Papers
4 ~ Stickers or Cardstock Stickers
3 ~ Numbers
2 ~ Stamps or Rub ons
1 ~ Paint or mist
- See more at: http://scrapourstash.blogspot.com/2014/11/november-stash-challenge-20.html#sthash.gHa1jUsA.dpuf
Create a layout and you must include the specific items and quantities on the list below:
5 ~ Patterned Papers
4 ~ Stickers or Cardstock Stickers
3 ~ Numbers
2 ~ Stamps or Rub ons
1 ~ Paint or mist
**Note you can use more than, but not less than the quantity mentioned of each item.
 Each item only counts once..for example if you use numbered patterned paper, you cannot count it as one of your (5) patterned papers and as one of your numbers.  
You are also allowed to add anything else you desire to complete your layout.
One more important thing...click HERE for the SOS Challenge Guidelines!!! 
Make sure to link your layout to Mr. Linky on our side bar by Nov 29th.
This is the prize you are playing for this month:
Echo Park "Captured Life" Collection Kit
- See more at: http://scrapourstash.blogspot.com/2014/11/november-stash-challenge-20.html#sthash.gHa1jUsA.dpuf

Create a layout and you must include the specific items and quantities on the list below:
5 ~ Patterned Papers
4 ~ Stickers or Cardstock Stickers
3 ~ Numbers
2 ~ Stamps or Rub ons
1 ~ Paint or mist
**Note you can use more than, but not less than the quantity mentioned of each item.
 Each item only counts once..for example if you use numbered patterned paper, you cannot count it as one of your (5) patterned papers and as one of your numbers.  
You are also allowed to add anything else you desire to complete your layout.
One more important thing...click HERE for the SOS Challenge Guidelines!!! 
Make sure to link your layout to Mr. Linky on our side bar by Nov 29th.
This is the prize you are playing for this month:
Echo Park "Captured Life" Collection Kit
- See more at: http://scrapourstash.blogspot.com/2014/11/november-stash-challenge-20.html#sthash.gHa1jUsA.dpuf
 Yes, a countdown at Scrap Our Stash! Our first November challenge is to create a new layout using:
 5 patterned Papers, 4 Stickers , 3 Numbers,  2 Stamps or Rubons, and 1 Paint or Mist.
* Note you can use more than but not less than the countdown recipe but each item only counts once.  For example, No using numbered paper as THE NUMBERS and THE PATTERNED PAPER
** You have until November 29th to link up your creations with our Mr. Linky party :):)
And this month's prize is:



Happy creating and use up that stash!!!!
Note you can use more than, but not less than the quantity mentioned of each item.
 Each item only counts once..for example if you use numbered patterned paper, you cannot count it as one of your (5) patterned papers and as one of your numbers.  
You are also allowed to add anything else you desire to complete your layout
- See more at: http://scrapourstash.blogspot.com/2014/11/november-stash-challenge-20.html#sthash.gHa1jUsA.dpuf
Note you can use more than, but not less than the quantity mentioned of each item.
 Each item only counts once..for example if you use numbered patterned paper, you cannot count it as one of your (5) patterned papers and as one of your numbers.  
You are also allowed to add anything else you desire to complete your layout
- See more at: http://scrapourstash.blogspot.com/2014/11/november-stash-challenge-20.html#sthash.gHa1jUsA.dpuf
Create a layout and you must include the specific items and quantities on the list below:
5 ~ Patterned Papers
4 ~ Stickers or Cardstock Stickers
3 ~ Numbers
2 ~ Stamps or Rub ons
1 ~ Paint or mist
- See more at: http://scrapourstash.blogspot.com/2014/11/november-stash-challenge-20.html#sthash.gHa1jUsA.dpuf
Create a layout and you must include the specific items and quantities on the list below:
5 ~ Patterned Papers
4 ~ Stickers or Cardstock Stickers
3 ~ Numbers
2 ~ Stamps or Rub ons
1 ~ Paint or mist
**Note you can use more than, but not less than the quantity mentioned of each item.
 Each item only counts once..for example if you use numbered patterned paper, you cannot count it as one of your (5) patterned papers and as one of your numbers.  
You are also allowed to add anything else you desire to complete your layout.
One more important thing...click HERE for the SOS Challenge Guidelines!!! 
Make sure to link your layout to Mr. Linky on our side bar by Nov 29th.
This is the prize you are playing for this month:
Echo Park "Captured Life" Collection Kit
- See more at: http://scrapourstash.blogspot.com/2014/11/november-stash-challenge-20.html#sthash.gHa1jUsA.dpuf

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