Friday, November 21, 2014

Happy Holidays!

Time for our last sketch of the month at Sketch N Scrap!  Christmas is coming and Thanksgiving is just a week away so why not slip away to your creative hide out and whip up a card using this fun holiday sketch I made!
Here is my card based on the sketch:

Supplies Used: Cardstock: Stampin Up; Patterned Paper: My Mind's eye; Sticker:
My Mind's Eye; Dies: Stampin Up; Stamp: Stampin Up; Ink: Stampin Up; Embossing
folders: Stampin Up; Punch: Stampin Up.
It feels so good to get my holiday cards started before Thanksgiving!  This is my eighth card, just a few more to go and I will be done!  I was so happy with how this turned out.  I used up my scraps from last year's Christmas paper stash to make these last few cards!  I hope you will join us at Sketch N Scrap before the month ends to play along with this fun card sketch!  Plus there is a chance to win a $20 gift certificate to Rainbows & Scrapbooks!  Make sure and visit their awesome etsy store you will be sure to find some scrappy goodness you can't live without and if you do make sure and enter Rainbows2 at checkout for FREE domestic shipping during the month of November!!!!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Inspired by sketch #11

Wow, this month is flying by and I am excited to share my last "inspired by" sketch with you for this year!  This sketch was inspired by a fabulous layout by Sketch N Scrap DT member Marie-Christine! Here is my sketch based on Marie-Christine's beautiful layout:
And here is the lovely layout that inspired this sketch:
And finally here is my layout based on the sketch:

Supplies Used: Cardstock: Stampin Up; Patterned Paper: Bella Blvd, Jillibean
Soup, Simple Stories& Stampin Up; Die cuts: Simple Stories Sweater Weather
& Sizzix; Wood Veneer: Scraptastic Kit Club; sticker: American Crafts; Flair:
 Scraptastic kit Club, Letter stickers: Jillibean Soup; Ink: Stampin Up
I was so excited to scrap this adorable picture of my nephew taken on a recent trip to the Pumpkin Patch!  He is growing up so fast!  I hope you will be inspired to play along with us using this sketch for a chance to win a $20 gift certificate to the etsy store Rainbows & Scrapbooks!  Visit us at Sketch N Scrap to find out more about how to play along! 

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Sketch N Scrap #68

Fall is in the air finally here in Texas and it is time for our November 1st sketch over at Sketch N Scrap!  Here is the sketch I created:

Here is the layout I created with this sketch:

Supplies Used: Cardstock: Stampin Up Chocolate Chip, Patterned Paper: Crate Paper,
Bella Blvd; Vellum: Stampin Up; Journaling cards: Evalicious, Basic Grey, My Mind's Eye;
Doily: Recollections; Letter stickers: Thickers; wood veneer: Studio Calico; flower: Prima
Even though it is Fall I wanted to relive some great summer memories! These photos are of my brother and nephew enjoying some fun time on the beach earlier this Summer! So glad to find a great use for these beautiful but older papers by Crate Paper. 
Make sure and head over to Sketch N Scrap to check out all the wonderful inspiration the DT has provided for you!  Plus we have a wonderful new sponsor this month! Rainbows & Scrapbooks is offering a $20 gift certificate to their Etsy shop to one lucky winner! But that's not all! All Sketch N Scrap readers can get FREE domestic shipping on orders placed during the month of November at  the Rainbows & Scrapbook's store!!!!!  How cool is that??!!!  Just enter the code Rainbows2 at checkout!   But remember you can't win if you don't play! So hop on over the Sketch N Scrap to join us!

Saturday, October 25, 2014

More card fun!

We have are having a blast celebrating World Card Making Month at Sketch N Scrap!  Here are two more cards I made for our month long festivities there!
This one was made for my floral challenge which was to use flowers on your card in anyway shape or form!  Here I used a stamped flower from the Stampin Up set Flower Shoppe and punched it out with the coordinating punch! I love these Summer colors don't you?
Our last sketch of the month is up at Sketch N Scrap and it is card sketch by me:
Here is the card I created with it: 

You can see I do like my flowers! I love this new stamp set from Stampin Up called Choose Happiness!  It makes me happy!  I hope you will find time to check out all the beautiful cards the DT came up with this month!  Even though time is running out and we are almost to a new month, I hope you will find an hour or two to join us and stock up on cards for your stash or better yet maybe create a few Christmas cards for the upcoming holiday!  It's never to late to get a jump start on those! 

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Happy World Card Making Day!

Happy World Card Making Day friends!  I hope you will find lots of time to make some wonderful cards today, and maybe get started on those Christmas cards!  That is my plan for later tonight is to design my two Christmas cards I hope to send out this year (notice I said "hope" lol!), last year I didn't get Christmas cards sent out but I did get "New Year" cards sent, so better late then never right?  I am making a concerted effort this year to send out handmade cards to all my peeps, but to do so I am going to have to start now!  Sketch N Scrap is having a whole month long celebration to celebrate World Card Making Day and today Senior Design Team Member Kerry is kicking off the first challenge!  Kerry has challenged us to create a masculine themed card!  No small feat for me but I was happy to play along as I can always use good masculine cards in my stash!  Here is my card designed for this challenge:
Supplies Used: Cardstock: Stampin Up; Patterned Paper: Stampin Up; Ink: Stampin Up;
Sentiment stamp: Stampin Up; punches: Stampin Up (star & chevron); enamel dots: Stampin Up.
I hope you will find time to play along with us at Sketch N Scrap as we celebrate World Card Making Day all month long!!!  Each entry you link up gives you a chance to win an awesome scrapbooking kit from Scraptures Scrapbook Kit Club!  I can't wait to see your cards!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Sketch N Scrap #66

Welcome to October!  I'm so excited for Fall! I just hope it's not 90 degrees the day we have planned to go to the pumpkin patch!  I can't wait to feel the cool crisp Fall air.  I've already decorated my house for Fall, and that has made me at least "feel" cooler even if it is still 90+ degrees out today! So today is reveal day for our first sketch of the month at Sketch N Scrap!  Here is my sketch:
And here is my take on the sketch:

Supplies Used:  Pattern Paper: Jillibean Soup, washi tape: Queen & Co; card stock: Stampin
Up; die cuts: Jillibean Soup and My Mind's Eye; bling: Queen & Co; ticket: Jenni Bowlin

I had fun making this layout for a good friend using pictures I took a few years back of her and her daughter at an amusement park we took the kids to (ok, I know it took me a while to scrap these but hey, better late then never!)  I loved the bright colors in the pictures and felt that this fun line by Jillibean Soup really captured the colors well.  I know you will love what the DT did with this sketch!  I hope you find time to play along with us at Sketch N Scrap this month, we are celebrating World Card Making Day all month long with four extra challenges this month PLUS we have an awesome sponsor- Scraptures Kit Club!!  You won't want to miss out on all the fun, you can read all about it HERE!  You have until October 31st at 7 pm CST to link up your entries!  Enjoy your Fall friends!

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Card Sketch #34

I'm back sharing my last sketch for this month over at Sketch N Scrap.  I can't believe we have almost reached the end of another month!  I am excited for the lovely Fall weather to arrive but it looks like we will have a few more weeks at least of warmer weather, although the nights and mornings are getting cooler which is wonderful!  Here is my sketch:
And here is the card I made using the sketch: 

Supplies Used: Patterned paper: Jillibean Soup; cardstock: Stampin Up;
Ink: Stampin Up; stamp set: Stampin Up; Image: printable Pinterest
I am loving the bright end of summer colors in this card. I hope you will find time to check out what the other members of the DT did with this sketch.  There is still time to play along with us for a chance to win a $15 gift certificate to The Robin's Nest, you can find all the details HERE on the Sketch N Scrap blog! 

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Card Sketch #32

I'm back with you today to showcase our last sketch of the month at Sketch N Scrap which just happens to be a card sketch by yours truly!  Here is the sketch:

And here is my card based on the sketch:
Supplies Used:  Cardstock: Stampin Up whisper white and chocolate chip; Patterned paper: Jillibean
Soup Dutch Mustard; embossing folder: Stampin Up; sticker: Pebbles Inc; pearls: Queen &Co.

I love how this turned out, these colors are so pretty together and scream end of summer! I have just scraps from this Jillibean Soup Dutch Mustard line and have them all on my desk to make some pretty cards with. I don't want to throw out even a small scrap, it's to pretty to waste!  So look for some other cards coming soon using the same line...who knows I may even be able to eek out another layout lol!  I hope you will find time between now and the 31st of August to play along with us at Sketch N Scrap!  This month Lissa one of our awesome DT members is sponsoring us!  Check out her blog Mightycrafty  she is giving away a $20 gift certificate to and she is also an Origami Owl consultant and has another awesome giveaway on her blog for that, so make sure and play along for a chance to win!!!!  Have a wonderful hump day friends!

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Two fun sketches!

Wow, I can't believe it is August already!  Summer is almost over, the marching band started camp yesterday so that means school will be starting shortly (heck it feels like it is already started!) I have been busy in my craft room creating and I know that these first two sketches of August will give you some incentive to find a little bit of time this week to spend in your craft room too!  
Here is the first sketch #62 by me:

And here is my layout based on the sketch:
 Supplies Used:  Patterned Paper: Pink Paislee, Echo Park, cardstock: Stampin Up; Stickers: Happy
Camper by Echo Park, journal spot sticker by KI Memories; washi tape: Queen & Co.; letters: Jillibean Soup

Here is the second sketch by Kelly, co-owner of Sketch N Scrap:

Here is my card based on the sketch:
Supplies Used: Cardstock: Stampin Up whisper white; washi tape: Queen & Co; Card:
Simple Stories Homespun collection; letter stickers and patterned paper: Simple Stories
Homespun Collection; ink: real red by Stampin Up; word stamp (friend) Stampin Up

I love the way both my layout and card turned out using these sketches!  I will say this is one of the fastest cards I have made in awhile! I love using up my Project Life type cards that come with so many collections on cards as I often use up all the paper before the cards so I just have them sitting around in my scraps drawer, I plan to dig through my drawer and finish off my Homespun collection (all that is left really is some of these cards and maybe a few scraps!!!) this weekend by replicating this card with the different cards I have left in my scrap drawer! Good luck getting some crafty time this week friends and make sure and share your creations with us at Sketch N Scrap to be eligible for our randomly drawn August prize which is a $20 gift certificate to sponsored by our one and only Lissa Mitchell at:

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Card sketch #30 & a winner!

Hope everyone's summer is going well!  I have been making a lot of cards lately, and this sketch ended up being one of my favorites because of the circle!  Here is the sketch by me:

 Supplies Used: Card stock: Stampin Up - Strawberry Slush, Perfect Plum, Sage Shadow; embossing folder:
Stampin Up- fan; doily: Hobby Lobby; Ink: Stampin Up Perfect Plum and Strawberry Slush; stamps: Stampin Up-
Flower Shop & Birthdays Best; Punch : Stampin Up (flower punch cut down for leaves)

This card was based on Kelly's July 5th card sketch
Supplies Used: Cardstock: black and vanilla by Stampin Up; Patterned Paper: Simple Stories &
Jillibean Soup; Stamps: Birthdays' Best & Gorgeous Grunge; inks: Bravo Burgundy; Sticker: SRM

Here is the sketch this card is based on:

I just love card sketches, make card making so fun and SIMPLE!  My kind of crafting! lol!  I hope you will find time to play along with us this month at Sketch N Scrap, we have 2 awesome prizes up for grabs this month by two awesome sponsors:  Things That Shine & A Girl Who Crafts! More details can be found HERE!   I also totally forgot to announce the winner of my CLEAN IT TIME challenge!  Sorry for being so late with it crafty friends...but without further ado the winner of the surprise embellishment package is.............................#5..................SHERRI!!!!!  
Random Integer Generator
Here are your random numbers:
Timestamp: 2014-07-21 00:00:08 UTC

Sherri I will get your prize out to  you this week!  Thanks to all my awesome readers who participated! 

Saturday, June 28, 2014

You + Dirt = 1 Happy Boy!

I was so happy to finally eek out some time this month to play along with the Scrappy Friends' challenges this month!  I'm so happy with how this layout turned out:
Supplies Used:  cardstock: Stampin Up; patterned paper: Lawn Fawn Hello
Sunshine, Bella Blvd Snapshots; alphas: Doodlebug; washi tape: Queen &
Co; stickers: hexagon- Jenni Bowlin & flag- MME; flair: Lawn Fawn; frame
Elle's Studio; date tag: Elle's Studio
These fun pictures of my nephew are from way back in 2009, I still have a lot of older photos to catch up on and these were ones I for sure wanted to get into his scrapbook so I could tell the story of how he always wore his shirts backward and his boots on the wrong feet, he just liked to do it that way! lol!  Luckily he doesn't do it anymore, but it was just so him and so adorable!  Love that boy!
I used the word "Happy" in my title for Kelly's word challenge.  For Rochelle's Tic Tac Toe challenge I used the right outer boxes: hexagon, flair, and Polaroid.
 Here is Brenda's wonderful sketch that the layout is based on:
Make sure and stop by each of these wonderful blogs to see what everyone has created, I know it will inspire you!

Baked with Love!

Good morning!  I have my last post as a member of the Frosted Designs team up on the blog today. I have certainly enjoyed my time there but as they say all good things must come to an end! Here is the layout I made using the ever so versatile Simple Stories line Homespun!   This line is so versatile, you can use it for about any type of occasion!  From Spring to Summer to just every day moments!  It also has a baking or cooking theme to it, perfect for these photos:

I have been trying to use up a lot of the 3 x 4 and 4 x 6 cards that many collections come with and sometimes it is hard to know exactly what to do with them.  I have found that they are great go to embellishments, they are simple, inexpensive and they can really dress up your pages!  Here I embellished the "made with love" card by adding the "family recipes" sticker over the top of the apron.  I added pop dots under the sticker to give the card some dimension and used the card as a pocket for a family recipe.  Here is a close up:

These pictures of my friend's daughter with her late grandmother will be a treasured keepsake for her album for years to come!  How wonderful to have this family recipe preserved! The only thing that would have made it better would have been had the late grandmother written the recipe down in her own handwriting. Just something to keep in mind next time you pass along a recipe, remember generations to come will cherish your hand writing no matter how "plain" or not attractive you think it is!  I also as you can see here used a pre-made border that came in the collection, so to dress it up and give it a bit of dimension I added gems and pearls to the center of the flowers!  Using embellishments you have in your stash to dress up the pre-made borders or cards is a great way to not only use up your stash but add dimension to your layouts quickly and easily!   Make sure and  hop on over to the Frosted Designs store and check out all the fun goodies, including the new Heidi Swapp line Hello Today arriving soon!  Happy crafting!

Tuesday, June 17, 2014


First off thanks to all who played along with my first two birthday bash challenges!  I was very impressed by all the creativity using the 3 x 4 and larger cards on your layouts and the varied uses of washi tape on cards and layouts!  Now it's time to announce the winners!  The winner of my  WRAP IT UP- washi tape challenge is.................................................. #9  Tina's Scrap Corner!!!!!

Random Integer Generator

Here are your random numbers:
Timestamp: 2014-06-18 03:04:02 UTC

Now, we had 14 that is close enough for me to the 15 I said we needed for the extra sampler packs I said I would send 2 without further ado we have our 2 sampler packs going to .......................
Sherri and Snazzjj!!!

Now for the winner of the CARD CHALLENGE- Echo Park Paradise Beach collection.................................
#1  LOUiSE!!!!!
Random Integer Generator
Here are your random numbers:
Timestamp: 2014-06-18 03:17:46 UTC
Don't forget I still have ONE more challenge going on, my Clean it up challenge is to use scraps on your card or layout and doesn't close until June 21st at midnight, so there is still plenty of time to win a fun surprise pack of embellishments from me!  More details can be found HERE!  I hope you will play along! 

Ladies please email your addresses to so I can get your prizes in the mail to you! If you live outside the US then I will ask that you pay the difference in shipping costs for your prize or you can let me know if you prefer I draw another winner! 
 Thanks again for playing along with me for our Sketch N Scrap 2nd birthday bash!

Monday, June 2, 2014

Enabler alert!

The new Frosted Designs kit  Capture the Moment is here!  It is packed full of scrappy goodness!  
The unique thing about the Frosted Designs kit is that they have a "messy" option and a "clean" option for the SAME price!  There is even an option to get both if you can't decide!  If you are just a basic clean scrapper as I am you would most likely pick the "clean" option but if you like to "mess" around with inks, mists, masking and other mixed media products then the "messy" option is for you!  Check it out HERE and make sure and tell Barb Lisa sent you!

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Clean up time!

Oh no, it's time for Sketch N Scrap's second birthday bash to come to an end!!!  I hope you have been as inspired as I have with all the fun challenges!  Don't worry while some of the challenges close today many are open well into June, so there is still plenty of time to play along!  Make sure and go HERE and check the sidebar to see all our birthday bash challenges!  Today it's time to clean up..the parties over and yes, my scrappy desk looks like a tornado hit it...does yours?  Well, if it does then play along with me as we use up those scraps!  My challenge for you is to create a layout or card using ONLY SCRAPS (pieces not to exceed 6 x 6 inches).  Here is my layout using my last scraps of my Echo Park For the Record 2 collection:
Supplies Used: Patterned paper: Echo Park For the Record 2; cardstock: Stampin' Up' stickers:
Echo Park For the Record 2, Fancy Pants Park Bench; wood word: American Crafts; letter stickers:
Making Memories; cat journal card: October Afternoon, bling: Queen & Co.

I love this picture of me and my sister holding one of many sweet litter of kittens we had growing up. We loved cats and kittens and growing up on a farm we were lucky to get to have LOTS of cats and thus lots of kittens!  It is fun to scrapbook my childhood pictures!  This picture is from 1983!!!  Wow!  I hope you are inspired to play along with Sketch N Scrap's last birthday challenge with me, and what fun is a challenge without a prize? I will be giving away a grab bag of embellishments to one lucky winner!  Grab bags are always fun and full of no picture of this prize but it guaranteed to add lots of  loveliness to your crafty projects! 

Create a layout or card using only scraps (no larger then 6 x 6)
Layout or card must be newly created for this challenge (no back linking)
You may combine this with ONE other challenge but not another one of my personal challenges
You must be a follower of Sketch N Scrap and my blog
You must post a link BACK TO MY blog or the linky will not allow you to link up
All participants are welcome to play along but international participants must pay for shipping on the prize should they win.
Link up below by June 21st at midnight CST