Thursday, July 9, 2015

Twistback Thursday sketch

It's the second Thursday folks and that means we have a new Twistback Thursday sketch at Sketch N Scrap!!!!  This month Heather is hosting our challenge and is challenging us with this fun sketch I created all the way back in October 2013!!!  Take a peek at the sketch:
Besides using a sketch from our archives we also add a "TWIST" to the challenge and this month the twist is to USE VINTAGE/OLD PHOTOS on your layout you create using the sketch above!!!!  Here is my take on this fun challenge:

Supplies Used:  Patterned Paper: Fancy Pants Swagger; journaling spots: Crate Paper; Stickers: 
Fancy Pants Swagger; enamel dots: MME; chipboard car: Farmhouse Paper Company
I will tell you after doing this challenge I realized how FEW pictures I have of my childhood!!  Gosh, my family just never took pictures!  These are the only 3 pictures I have of my Gramps!! So sad really, I got a lot of pictures from family members and have scanned them all into my computer as I don't want to glue down the originals!  It feels good to know now I have them preserved digitally and now in my scrapbook!  My Gramps was quite a character as you can see in the bottom left picture!!  There he is wearing a handmade pot holder on his head to protect his head from the snow outside!!  He was always cold and wore layers upon layers of clothes and even had electric socks he wore in the winter!  He was funny, fun loving and an all around awesome guy! I miss him everyday!  He lived down the road from us when I was growing up so I was lucky enough to be able to see him practically everyday, wow, what a blessing that was!  Instead of writing all my stories on the front of the layout (there just wasn't enough room for them all!) I included a poem my cousin wrote about Gramps (he also wrote a song about him) which basically sums him up!! I will type up my personal memories and attach them to the back of the layout, I am also getting the song my cousin wrote from him and will be adding that to another layout I plan to do.  I know the poem is in small print on the photo so here it is:
Paint me a picture of your grandfather I was told, and so I chose the brown of dirty fingernails & the inky black of greasy hands, dusty tan for Nebraska grit, golden hues for the sun dripping heat on the restless fields.  I'd wash the canvas in milo green & dab my brush in Summer blue, red for the old barn & rusty hinges, white for simplicity & pebbles in the road. I'd remember the whiskers & early mornings, color the cuss words, the peanuts & the lightning pinching the horizon.  His portrait would smile & spit tobacco & tell tales of tramps & the big bad wolf.  He would start the tractor & feel the soil, love the land & weep in September & May.  Grandpa would jiggle his change & wind up his clocks, pull out the stickers & open his Bible.  He'd spoon up his cornflakes & hate to do dishes, he'd go shopping at Kmart & get sticks in his stocking.  Grandpa lives by the windmills, the storm cellars, the dirt roads.  I live by the stop lights, the traffic, the neon.  I'd reach out to his world & I'd finish the picture ~ by Gary Wann
 I hope you will take a stroll down memory lane like I did and dig through those old photos to find a few to use!  The funny thing is this layout only took an hour or less but the time I spent looking at all the old photos and reminiscing was MUCH longer but SOOOO worth it! I remembered things I hadn't thought of in a long time and shared those fun memories with my son, it is a great way to relive the "old days" with your kids and pass along some of your history to them!  Thanks Heather for an awesome challenge! You have until the end of the month at play along, make sure and check out all the inspiring layouts by the DT HERE.  This challenge was a great reminder to me why I scrapbook, prizes are fun and the papers are pretty but passing on your memories, your heritage to the generations to come is PRICELESS my friends!!

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Sketch N Scrap #84

Can you believe it is July 1st already?  Wow, the summer is flying by I need to get better organized and get moving on my Summer bucket list!  The first of the month always means a new sketch at Sketch N Scrap, here is our first sketch of the month by yours truly:
And here is my take on the sketch:

Supplies Used: Grid paper: Scenic Route; Patterned Paper: Echo Park & Bo Bunny; Stickers: Pink Paislee
 & Echo Park; letter stickers: Making Memories & American Craft Thickers; enamel dots: MME
I really dug into my stash for some of these things!! I bought like 200 sheets of this grid paper when Scenic Route went out of business, LOVE this paper my favorite background paper of ALL time but over the years I have used most of it, going to be so sad when it is all gone!!  I also used some REALLY old alphas, in fact they had lost their "stickiness" so I had to glue them down!! Love these pictures of my sweet nephew at the splash park!  I talked to him the other day on the phone and when we were ending the call I said "Goodbye sweetie" and he said "Goodbye Honey".  SOOO adorable that boy is!!!  Miss him so much!  I hope you will find time to join us at Sketch N Scrap this month, we love to see what our wonderfully creative readers are up to!!  You can check out the great eye candy our DT created and find out all the nitty gritty details of how to play along HERE! Stay cool my crafty friends!!!

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Card Sketch #52

I have the last card sketch of the month up at Sketch N Scrap today!  I can't believe June is almost gone wow!!!  Here is my sketch:
Here is my card inspired by the sketch:

Supplies Used: Cardstock: Stampin Up; Patterned Paper: Jillibean Soup,
Scenic Route, American Crafts, journaling spot: Jillibean Soup; sticker:
Echo Park; stamp: Stampin Up; bling: Queen & Co; ink: Stampin Up
I hope you will find some time to play along with us this month, you still have until June 30th at 7 pm CST to link up with any of our sketches for a chance to win an awesome set of double sided journaling cards from We R Memory Keepers!  You can find out all the details on the Sketch N Scrap blog!

Monday, June 15, 2015


I hope you enjoyed our third birthday bash at Sketch N Scrap as much as I did!!!  All good things must come to end eventually but I have some really good news for two lucky ladies today!! So let's get to it!!  The winner of my birthday card challenge to use 3 colors & 3 punches is.....................
# 1  LESLI!!!!  Lesli has won the Basic Grey stamp set!!
Here is Lesli's lovely card!

Our second winner for the recipe layout challenge is..............................................................................
#1 Barbara!!!!!  Barbara has won the enamel dots!!!
Here is Barbara's lovely layout:

Ladies you can email me at with your address to claim your prize!!!  Thanks to everyone who participated in my challenges!!! 

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Card Sketch #51

Kelly has an awesome card sketch up at Sketch N Scrap today!  I knew when I saw this sketch I would have to play along!  Here is the sketch:
And here is my take on the sketch: 
Supplies Used: Cardstock: Stampin Up; Patterned Paper: Pebbles, Inc; Project
Life type card: Pebbles Inc; Bling: Queen & Co; brad: Pebbles, Inc.
These papers and PL card have been in my stash for years, I recently had moved them to the top of my "use it or lose it stash" that I am trying to use up before purging at the end of this year!  So glad to have some more gone out of that drawer!  In January I started a drawer in my hall closet that I filled with things I hadn't used in years and really should have donated but I found myself unwilling to part with them as I still liked them.  So I placed them in a drawer and told myself next January everything still in this drawer HAS to be donated because obviously I haven't touched it all year I must not need or like it!  So far I have used up A LOT out of this drawer!!!  I don't think I will be giving hardly any of it away, the drawer that was so full I could barely close it, is now 1/2 full!  I will be doing this again each year to motivate myself to use things up, it's hard to use things when you have to dig to find them!   I hope you will find some time to play along with us this month, you still have until June 30th at 7 pm CST to link up with any of our sketches for a chance to win an awesome set of double sided journaling cards from We R Memory Keepers!  You can find out all the details on the Sketch N Scrap blog!

Monday, June 1, 2015

Sketch N Scrap #82

 Today we are kicking off June with a new sketch at Sketch N Scrap!
 Here is the sketch by me:
Here is my layout inspired by the sketch:

Supplies Used: Cardstock: Stampin Up; Patterned Paper: My Mind's Eye, Simple Stories,
Queen & Co; journaling card: Echo Park; stickers: Simple stories; chipboard bike: Simple Stories;
punch: Martha Stewart; pearls: Kaiser Crafts; alphabet: Jillibean Soup, ink: Stampin Up
I just love these pictures taken last year on a walk to our neighborhood park to feed the ducks!  The kids had so much fun riding bikes & scooters, swinging, feeding the ducks and just hanging out with each other!  Hopefully we will have some of those fun times this Spring before it gets to hot, it has been so rainy we haven't had much outside time this year!  I hope you will play along with us at Sketch N Scrap this month, you have until June 30th to link up your layouts based on this sketch!  And don't forget my last Birthday Bash challenge is still open until June 15th, for more information visit this POST!!!

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Last birthday bash challenge!

Wow, didn't May just fly by?  It is hard for me to believe there is only one week of school left and June starts tomorrow!!!  I am up on the Sketch N Scrap blog today for our final third birthday bash challenge!  I wish we could keep celebrating all year long instead of all month long because this has been an awesome month!  Here is my challenge layout:

Supplies Used: Patterned Paper: October Afternoon, Scenic Route; cardstock: Stampin Up;
tags: Elle's Studio, October afternoon; bakers twine: American Crafts; Alphabets: October Afternoon;
enamel dots: My Mind's Eye; stickers: October Afternoon; ink: Memento; date stamp: Heidi Swapp;
based on a sketch by my friend Natalia.
Now for my challenge (should you choose to accept it!).  To mark Sketch N Scrap's third birthday I am making this a THREE challenges in one challenge!!  For this challenge you must use : THREE TAGS, THREE different alphabets, AND THREE photos!!!  And what is a challenge without a prize?  I will randomly draw one winner out of all submitted entries that follow the challenge guidelines to receive a pack of enamel dots as shown below
But remember you can't win if you don't play! Just follow these simple rules:
1) Create a LAYOUT based on the recipe above
2) Your card must include THREE alphabets, THREE photos & THREE tags
3) Your layout must be new as of today (no backlinking)
4) You may link up with other sites but you may not enter your card in other Sketch N Scrap challenges (including DT's birthday bash challenges- no double dipping!)
5) Due to high shipping costs and the length of time to receive international packages only those with US addresses are eligible (but you can still link up we would love to see what you create!)
6) Link up in the sidebar by June 15th at midnight CST
I hope you will find time to play along, I can't wait to see what you create!!