Friday, September 18, 2020

Well Rounded ~ Cookin' Up Creations challenge!!

Good morning and TGIF!!  Today I am hosting my second challenge of the month at Cookin' Up Creations!  We are having fun all September long focusing on all things circular!!  For today's challenge called "WELL ROUNDED" I am challenging everyone to create a layout with some circular journaling!!  Here is what I came up with:
Supplies Used: Patterned Paper: Scenic Route (grid), CTMH (branding strip), Bo Bunny (background dot), Jen Hadfield Pebbles Hey Hello; cardstock: Basic Black & Whisper White Stampin' Up; stickers: Jen Hadfield Pebbles Hey Hello; Letter Stickers: American Crafts Thickers, Doodlebug Designs (square, word "tea" & circle letter stickers), black pen: Sakura black Pigma Micron pen.

I had a lot of fun creating this layout!  I have been wanting to do a favorites layout for awhile and so this challenge presented the perfect opportunity for me!  I was gifted this fun set of stickers and the 6 x 8 paper pad from the Pebbles Hey Hello line and so since I didn't have any 12 x 12 sheets this design was perfect as I didn't need any large pieces of paper for it except the background papers. The lovely color palette of this line was easy to match except for one of the pinks which is almost neon, so I didn't use that one!  I love the way adding outlining to the circles and banner with my black pen helped give added dimension to the layout!  This is fast becoming one of my favorite ways to "dress up" my layouts or cards!!  I hope you will join in the fun this month at Cookin' Up Creations!  This forum is the place to visit if you are short on inspiration!!  Have a wonderful weekend and happy creating!

Friday, September 11, 2020

Donut Delight!

This month at Cookin' Up Creations we are focusing on all things circular!!  Just imagine listening to "You Spin Me Round (like a Record) by Dead or Alive on CD while outside playing Frisbee with your neighbors, or watching your kids on the merry-go-round while eating bagels and donuts from  your favorite shop.  Let's not forget the coins we used to make that many "round" things to choose from!  Today it's my turn to host our "circular" challenge and I chose DONUTS!!  Yummy!!  My challenge is for you to create a layout using donuts on it (paper, embellishments, pictures etc...) and use the word "DONUT" in your title!!!   Here is my layout I create for this challenge:
Supplies Used: Patterned Paper: Scenic Route (grid), CTMH Sweet Girl, and Pink Paislee And Many More; Stickers: Pink Paislee And Many More & Echo Park Teen Spirit Girl; ephemera: Simple Stories Posh (donut); enamel dots: My Mind's Eye; letter stickers: American Craft Thickers and quote (enjoy the small stuff): unknown source.

Now it's your turn!! Head on over to Cookin' Up Creations to join in the fun and see what everyone is creating using circles!!  Happy creating friends!!

Thursday, September 10, 2020

TN Time with Lisa & Lori ~ September Edition!

Happy Thursday!!  It's almost the weekend!  I hope you will find time to play with paper this weekend!  I hope to carve out a little creative time for myself if I can.  Another month has come and gone and it's time for the September edition of TN Time with Lisa & Lori!  
So let's get this party started: 

HERE IS HOW OUR CHALLENGE WORKS: This is a monthly challenge that launches on the 10th of each month  You will have until the 9th at midnight CST to link up your entries. If you complete my sketch challenge link your TN, bullet journal or planner spread below. If you combined my challenge with Lori's challenge link up your spread here on my blog AND on Lori's Blog (My Happy Life).  You will then have a chance to win my prize as well as Lori's prize!  That's a chance to win TWO times with ONE layout! WOW!

Now for my challenge!! Here is this month's sketch:

Now for Lori's fun challenge: (September 10th through October 9th):

So let's go old school and tear some paper friends!!  What a simple yet striking technique to give a great look to our layouts! 
Here is my spread using both the sketch & Lori's challenge to tear some paper on your project!  As you can see I chose to tear the strip of paper under my quote box!  I love the look of torn paper don't you?

 Supplies Used: Patterned Paper: CTMH Mix In and Every Little Thing lines; journal tabs: Elle's Studio & PinkFresh Studios; quote: Crate Paper Magical Forest; frame: PinkFresh Studios Indigo Hills; stickers: CTMH Every Little Thing (heart, round flower & circle w/ heart) & Crate Paper ( word "Sweet" & cat); Doily: Stampin' Up; ephemera heart & word strips: PinkFresh Studios; Letter Stickers: Making Memories.

Here are a few close ups:
I loved this quote and was excited to find that it matched well with my September Great Stash Bash kit!!  To see more on my Great Stash Bash kit for this month you can click HERE.  Since the pandemic I really find it to be true that happiness is inside the smallest of moments!  I wanted to capture this small everyday moment of myself and my sister's cat Chester in my spread this month!  Chester isn't really into selfies but he did oblige me for one fast selfie as you can see!!

As you can see I switched the sides where the full sheet of paper was in my TN vs in the sketch!  I found it just flowed better.  I also added half of a doily under my picture to give my layout the softer feel that I was seeking to achieve with my papers and embellishments, but other than that I pretty much stayed true to the sketch!   Now for the nitty gritty details:

RULES FOR THE CHALLENGE (to be entered into the prize drawing):
1.Create a TRAVELER'S NOTEBOOK, PLANNER, OR BULLET JOURNAL spread based on the CHALLENGE THEME and/or our sketch. 
2.Create a new, not previously posted project.
3.You are welcome to combine with other challenges.
4.If you have a blog please include the challenge graphic & a link to our challenge in your post.
5.You can link to social media if you don't have a blog. If you show your project on Instagram, please make sure to use #TNtimewithLisaandLori 
6.You can submit multiple projects but they must be posted to InLinkz or social media separately.
7.If there are less than 3 players for our challenge, no winners will be chosen. Prize draw will occur every 3 months. *see note below*
8. Must be a follower of my blog to enter.
9. We only ship within the US, international players are welcome but they will need to pay the shipping if they are chosen as our prize winner or forfeit the prize
10.Most importantly have FUN!
We have decided to do a drawing every 3 months so since we did our drawing in for May we are drawing this month, so drum roll please...........................................Our randomly selected winner for the fun Carta Bella Summer Market chipboard stickers & a few other random Summer embellishments is............................#3!!

Random Integer Generator

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Congrats to Sandi!!  Sandi email me at to claim your prize!!  Now for our next prize!!  The next prize draw will be in December and one randomly selected winner will win this amazing package of  PinkFresh Studios Holiday Vibes Chipboard!  These will be perfect for adding a little extra holiday cheer to your holiday layouts, TN spreads or cards!

But remember you can't win if you don't play!  Link up your spread using both or either of the two challenges by December 10th at midnight CST to play along!  Happy creating!

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!
Click here to enter

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Lisa & Lori's Great Stash Bash 2020 ~ September edition!

Happy September!!  Today starts a new month which means we are launching a new edition of Lisa & Lori's Great Stash Bash 2020!  Fall is almost here, and pumpkin spice has hit most stores!! So let's get this party started with our September edition of Lisa & Lori's Great Stash Bash 2020 challenge!!   

For those who are new to the challenge here is how it works:
On the 1st of each month we will post a challenge prompt and the stash kit we have created using that prompt. During the month we will try to use as much of our stash kits as possible on different projects. Then, on the last day of the month, we will do a recap post showing what stash we were able to bash!
This will be a just-for-fun challenge so no monthly prize - but isn't the real prize using up our stash? You never know - if we still have a few unused stash items after a few months, then those items may just go into a giveaway. We hope you will join us in our quest to bash some stash in 2020. If you accept the challenge to play along - link up on either my blog or Lori's Blog (or both if you choose) so that we can see who is joining us each month!

Now for our September challenge:

Here are the rules:
This month we will create a kit with 10 papers (seven papers 3 years or older & three newer papers), 5-7 scrap papers, 4 embellishments (three that are 3 years or older & one newer one), and some round embellishments!!!

1. Follow the challenge prompt to create a kit to work with throughout the month. You may use other items, but please concentrate on using your kit. 
2. Create new, not previously posted projects using your stash kit.
3. If you have a blog - please include the challenge graphic and a link to our challenge in your posts. 
4. You may link to social media if you don't have a blog. If you share on Instagram, please make sure to use - #lisaandlorisgreatstashbash2020
Since this is a just for fun challenge the rules are not set in stone BUT we have them to help you focus on what really matters using your stash!  We also hope you will help spread the word of our fun challenge so others may join in!!  You know you have at least one friend who needs to use her stash!! 
Here is my kit using the September prompts:
I am so excited about this kit!! My plan for this kit is to make a lot of cards to beef up my card stash of which I need a lot of thank you and birthday cards!! I am also going to be documenting with this kit in my TN and making a fun encouragement journal using these fun goodies!!

Some close ups:
My older papers:
 These are my older papers which are all from CTMH.  There are 3 from the Every Little Thing line (floral, green, blue stripe) and the rest are from the CTMH Mix in Line (grid, black plaid, black hearts and lavender dot) I really love these papers and colors and have been hoarding since I got them, time to use them up!!!

My newer papers:
 These papers are from the Pink Paislee Horizon line (yellow floral and blue speckle), Heidi Swapp Art Walk (light green grid) and PinkFresh Studios Noteworthy line (cut apart cards).  I think these will mesh well with the older papers I picked.

Here are my scraps:
 These papers are from American Crafts Shimelle's Never Grow Up line (yellow words), CTMH Every Little Thing (green and navy floral), Echo Park (yellow dot) and navy scroll/medallion is from the Photo Play Paper line We are family.  The other lines I don't remember as the branding strips are gone!! As you can see I picked a lot of larger scraps this go round!!

My embellishments:
 For my older embellishments I chose an ephemera pack by PinkFresh Studios the Indigo Hills line, tags from Pink Paislee Horizon line, acetate letters from the Hip Kit Club and a 12 x 12 sticker sheet from CTMH Every Little Thing.  For my newer embellishment I picked stickers from the Pebbles Jen Hadfield HomeMade line.

My circle embellishments:
I chose 3 sets of enamel dots one from Pink Fresh Studios, one from Elle's Studio and one from My Mind's Eye!  I was also digging in my stash and found these amazing epoxy stickers from Pink Fresh Studios from their Simple & Sweet line!! The wood buttons are from My Mind's Eye.  The flair buttons are from A Flair for buttons and last but not least there is a mixed embellishment pack from PinkFresh Studios that has some circle wood buttons, enamel dots and epoxy circle stickers!!

I am super excited to dig into my fun kit this month!! I hope you will join myself and Lori as we endeavor to bash some stash this month!  Remember if you play along make sure and use the #lisaandlorisgreatstashbash2020.  I can't wait to see your kit!  Happy creating!!  

Monday, August 31, 2020

Game Show Challenge fun at Cookin' Up Creations!!

Good morning friends!  Happy Monday!  Today it's my turn to host the last challenge for August at Cookin' Up Creations!  August is Game Show Month at Cookin' Up Creations and all the challenges are based on classic game shows! Today's challenge based on the game show Family Feud!  Family Feud is such an iconic game show and has run for a total of 2,311 episodes so far!  WOW!  Today my challenge is to create a layout about a family tradition using this fun Becky Fleck sketch:

Here is my layout based on the sketch and the Family Feud Challenge:
Supplies Used: Patterned Paper: Hip Kit Club & Pink Fresh Studios; cardstock: Bo Bunny Swiss Dot White; punch: Stampin' Up notebook edger; frame & doily: Unknown source; chipboard: Made with Love- Scenic Route; stars: Pink Paislee; stickers: gingerbread lady- Doodlebug Designs & Mouse- Hip Kit Club; ephemera: holly swag- Hip Kit Club

My niece and I love to have host a fun dinner on Christmas Eve after our church service.  Every year she plans a fun snack to "create".  This picture is from 2017 and that year she created a fun Christmas tree using grapes, strawberries, a celery stick and a star cut out with a star cookie cutter from a piece of cheese!!  Each year we have so much fun planning what she will do.  Last year it was a hot cocoa bar and she made snowmen out of marshmallows and candy canes for us to dunk in our hot cocoa!!  We have so much fun planning and looking on Pinterest for ideas!  This is a fun tradition we started back in 2015 and I hope we will carry through for years to come!!  Make sure and head on over to the forum at Cookin' Up Creations to join in the fun, we would love to see your favorite family traditions! 

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Sketch N Scrap #207

Happy Hump Day!  Today I am sharing my layout I created with the amazing August 15th sketch at Sketch N Scrap created by the great Stacy Daubenberger!! 
 Here is her amazing sketch:

Here is my layout created with this amazing sketch:
Supplies Used: Cardstock: Kraft; Patterned Paper: Vicki Boutin Kaleidoscope and Wildflowers & Honey; stickers: Vicki Boutine Kaleidoscope; ephemera: Vicki Boutin Wildflowers & Honey; tag: unknow source; butterfly punch- Martha Stewart; butterfly Die: Stampin' Up; gems: Queen & Co; Letter Stickers: American Craft Thickers

I had so much fun with this sketch! I adapted the sketch to fit the one picture I had of my friend's granddaughter at the zoo!  I thought these papers were perfect for this picture and I love how the ephemera and stickers add to the layout to make the picture pop off the page!  There is still plenty of time to play along with us at Sketch N Scrap!  You have until August 31st at 9:55 pm CST to link up  your projects!!  Happy creating!

Saturday, August 22, 2020

Cookin' Up Creations ~ Name That Tune!

I'm back with another fun challenge for you today!  Today I am hosting the Game Show Challenge of the Day at Cookin' Up Creations!! For the month of August we are basing all the challenges on various game shows!! Today I have selected the game show: "Name That Tune".  Did you know Name That Tune started way back in 1952?  It was a long running show that last aired in 1985 Wow!!  I used to love watching this show when I was younger, but I must admit I rarely could "Name That Tune"!!!  For my challenge you must create a layout that uses a song title as your layout title!! Easy peasy!! The hardest part was selecting which song I wanted to use!!   Here is my layout I created for this challenge:
Supplies Used: Patterned Paper: CTMH Craft On (background); Bella Blvd Island Escape (Pink raindrops); PhotoPlay Paper Let's Stay Home (Yellow stripe); Echo Park I Love Spring (pink flower & yellow/white stripe- banner); CTMH I Heart Us (purple & pink striped strip at top), Echo Park It's Your Birthday (Pink banner strip); Cardstock: Bo Bunny Swiss Dot; stickers: Echo Park Teen Spirit Girl; clouds: Bella Blvd- fussy cut from paper

When I was going through my stickers on one of my stash reorganization gigs I noticed that the quote was "Girls Can Change the World" which was funny since it is a song my niece loves!!  When we get crafty together we always play music and she loves to share her favorite songs with me, many of them I'm not to excited to listen to as I don't care for them, but this one has a catchy tune and the lyrics I found were positive and uplifting!  Here is my favorite verse from the song:
"I think it's time that
We turn some things around
We gotta stop trying
To tear each other down
If we shine
If we share the love we found
Girls can change the world"
Girls Can Change the World by PureNG
When deciding on my layout for this challenge I had a two fold goal in mind: to use up a kit I had made from scraps of older The ScrapRoom kits and to make a fun layout for my Name That Tune challenge using this sticker "Girls Can Change the World" which was the song I selected!  I decided I wanted to use a lot of fun girl stickers on my layout so I chose a grid style layout so I could do so!  I love how it turned out, the fun word strips and the unicorn are so fun and girly and then I also included a treble clef by my title to represent the song title!!  I hope you will find time to play along with us at Cookin' Up Creations this month.  Make sure and hop on over to the forum to see what songs people are using for their titles!  I can't wait to see what you come up with!!  Happy creating!