Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Sketches in Thyme Project Life Style

Hi friends! Things are getting busy on the blog today, this is my second post to share with you for today!  WOW! I love creating and most of all sharing my creations with other like minded paper crafters.  Today I am excited to announce I have joined the DT of Sketches in Thyme Project Life Style challenge blog!  I have always loved the idea of pocket scrapbooking but hadn't really done much of it so I am very excited to be invited to be part of such a talented group of ladies!  I am also excited that starting in July I will also be designing sketches for them as well!  What would I do without my sketches?!!!!  Here is the fun sketch by Susanne Brauer that I used for today's project:
 
And here is my PL card using the sketch:
 
Here is my completed layout using the card based on the sketch:
Supplies Used: Patterned Paper: Scenic Route (grid), Echo Park Little Boy; Echo Park Sunny Days Ahead; Cardstock: Stampin' Up: Really Red, Daffodil Delight & Pumpkin Pie; Letter Stickers: American Craft Thickers (foam), Echo Park  Splendid Sunshine (navy), MLS (mini red) & Authentique (grey); Enamel Dots: My Mind's Eye; Wood Veneer: Queen & Co; stickers: Echo Park Sunny Days Ahead (sun) & Echo Park I love Sunshine(Banner); Word stickers: Jillibean Soup Watermelon Gazpacho; Die Cut: Hello Sunshine and sunglasses strip by Elle's Studio; PL style pre-printed card: Elle's Studio (JUNE); 
This is going to be a second page to go with another layout I created a few years back about this same trip....I was having a hard time including all these photos on a second page and figured a pocket style page was the way to go!  I love how it turned out!  I am going to add the journaling to my Details of our Trip card tonight to finish the layout then into my album it will go!  Feels so good to have another layout complete! I hope you will join us again at Sketches in Thyme Project Life Style in July when I reveal my first PL sketch!!!  Make sure and visit the Sketches in Thyme PL Style blog to see all the other designers take on the sketch as well as to see some more amazing sketches to use in your pocket scrapping!  And to sweeten the deal if you play along they have an amazing prize up for grabs this month! Happy creating!

Card sketch #100 ~ Hello Friend!

Good morning friends!  I have a fun card with some very bright colors to share today!  This is our 100th card sketch for Sketch N Scrap, what a great way to close out the month!  When I decided about 4+ years ago to start making card sketches I never dreamed it would take off like this and 100 sketches later here we are!  WOW!  Here is my sketch for you:
 
Here is my card based on the sketch:
Supplies Used: Card stock: Stampin' Up whisper white and Night of Navy & Bazzill (watermelon); Patterned Paper: Pebbles Happy Day; Flower punch: Stampin' Up; enamel dots: My Mind's Eye; Sentiment: Pebbles Happy Day collection.
I loved the bright colors of this line when I first saw it!  Pebbles has some of the most amazing collections, I have been a big fan of their products for YEARS!!!  Their newest collections are drool worthy and I can just see my pocketbook getting lighter as they come out with them, I want them ALL!  I hope you will find time to play along with us at Sketch N Scrap this month, we have a fun 6x6 paper pad up for grabs as this month's prize, so make sure and check us out HERE!  You have until June 30th to play along!  Happy creating!

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Exciting News!

Hello everyone!  I have some exciting news to share with the world today!  I have been chosen to be part of the Scrap Room Design Team!!  I am over the moon excited to be joining this team of amazingly talented, creative and inspiring women!  If you haven't tried the Scrap Room's kits you should, they are super fun! Rochelle coordinates each kit to include perfectly matched papers and embellishments and the best part is you will get a fun package each month of the latest and greatest paper crafting goodies!  It's the perfect way to get all the newest products delivered right to you each month without having to worry about spending time shopping for your favorite manufacturers products, and since time is precious why not spend your time creating beautiful art instead of shopping!  I love how everything coordinates and saves you from trying to match up things yourself, Rochelle does that all for you and you just sit back and enjoy your monthly package, it's like Christmas 12 months out of the year!!! YAY! 
I will be on the Design Team as Doubleshot kit and Card kit club designer!  There are two main kits to pick from to suite your personal tastes and your budget!  There are also several add on kits each month and every other month a Card Kit as well!  You all know how I love making and sending cards, so it's a match made in heaven!  And I forgot to mention that the Flavors of the Month kit includes a coffee sample each month with a different flavor!!! YUM!  Perfect for those late night scrapping sessions with the girls!  To find out more about the kits make sure and visit the Scrap Room website.  And make sure and hop on over to the Scrap Room blog to see the entire team! I look forward to sharing my layouts created with the July kit with you on July 1st!!!  So check back here at the blog July 1st for my reveal! Happy creating!

Monday, June 5, 2017

Card sketch #99~ Hello

Happy Monday!  I was kind of doing that dreading Monday on Sunday thing when I decided to do a little craft therapy and whipped up this card using the awesome new sketch by Heather!  This is definitely one I can see myself using over and over again!  Here is Heather's sketch:
 
 Here is my take on the sketch:

Supplies Used: Patterned Paper: Crate Paper Brook, Fancy Pants Life is Beautiful & Stampin' Up; Cardstock: Stampin' Up (Pool Party & Very Vanilla); Enamel Dots: My Mind's Eye; Ink: Stampin' Up Early Espresso; stamp: Stampin' Up Gorgeous Grunge; Punch: border scallop by Stampin' Up & Die cut label (Hello): unknown
 
I received this cute little label that said "Hello" in a swap this weekend and it was still on my desk, so when I was looking to make a card for this sketch it was perfect for the sketch and inspired the colors of this card!  I then went right to my scraps drawer and found ALL these papers there that coordinated with the brown and yellow label!  In fact I have used up basically ALL of this Crate Paper Brook line!  I may have one very small piece left but that is it!  These were part of my 100 paper challenge that I said I would use in like 6 months but in all reality it will be more like a YEAR!!!  Now in all honesty I am using mostly other papers but I have been able to use some of these poor neglected papers that I have put in a special drawer. I do plan to clean it out this Fall and donate what is left and then go through my paper once again and add another 100 pieces to my drawer!  I really liked these colors and I am sad to see this paper go but it's not like I don't have a bunch more to take it's place!!!  I hope you will find time to play along with us this month at Sketch N Scrap, the DT did an amazing job with this sketch, so make sure and hop on over and check out what they did with the sketch! Happy creating!

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Sketch N Scrap card sketch #98

May has flown by and today we have our last regular sketch of the month at Sketch N Scrap!  Today the sketch is designed by me!  Here is the sketch:
 
And here is my take on the sketch:
Supplies Used: Card stock: Stampin Up- Whisper White, Rich Razzleberry & Pale Plum; Patterned paper: Crate Paper Market & Fancy Pants Life is Beautiful; Embossing Folder: Stampin' Up; Die cut: Pebbles; Sticker: "enjoy your day"- Pebbles; Enamel dots: Stampin Up
These papers, die cut and sticker were all part of my scraps drawer that I am trying to use up!  I love how these colors blend so well!  I am really running low on birthday cards for my stash and am HORRIBLE at making them and then sending them as birthdays roll around, I do better just grabbing one from my stash and THEN mailing it out vs trying to make one last minute!  I hope you can join us at Sketch N Scrap this month and play along for our amazing festive birthday prize on the blog OR the even more amazing Elle's Studio prize we are giving away at our month long online crop!  Even better why not join us on BOTH the blog and the Facebook page for the most possible inspiration!  Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Sketch N Scrap's 5th birthday bash challenge #3!

Have you been participating in Sketch N Scrap's 5th birthday bash challenges?  I hope you have been able to find some time to join us at our online month long crop!  We are having a great time and today kicks off a new challenge for week #3.  Today's challenge is to create a layout based on this sketch by me:
 
Here is my take on the sketch:

Supplies Used:  Card stock: Bazzill; Patterned Paper: Fancy Pants Happy Place; Letters: Fancy Pants Happy Place; Embellishments: (tag, flowers, heart): Fancy Pants Happy Place; enamel dots: My Mind's Eye
 
I made this layout for my sister to go in a 12 x 12 display frame my Mom got her a few years ago for her birthday.  I love these pictures of her daughter and hubby kidding around at my son's birthday lunch this past year!  This collection by Fancy Pants is just amazing, their paper is so thick and easy to work with and I just adore the color palette of this collection!  So glad I bought it when it went on sale!   The month long online crop last until June 2nd at midnight CST so there is still plenty of time left to play along and crop with us!  Senior design team member Lori has an awesome prize up for grabs for one lucky winner but remember you can't win if you don't play!  So hop over to our Facebook page and join in the fun OR check out what the other designers did with the sketch at the Sketch N Scrap blog!  We have LOTS of different challenges this month for you to play along with !
Happy creating!

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Sketch N Scrap's 5th birthday bash challenge #2!

Welcome to week #2 of Sketch N Scrap's 5th birthday bash!  Our challenge for you for this week is to create a card using this sketch by me:
 
And here is my take on the sketch: 

Supplies Used:  Cardstock: Stampin' Up Whisper White, Pretty in Pink & Basic Black; Patterned Paper: Doodlebug Smitten Kitten 6x6; Stamp: Stampin' Up; Ink: Memento Black; Die Cut (heart and kitten): Doodlebug Smitten Kitten
 
My niece absolutely adores cats (well and so do I!) but when I saw this line I really had no kitten pictures to use it with but heck, I had to have it!  Some of the papers can be used for other things and those that are "cat" themed I figured I would use for cards!  I have a special friend that loves cats to and I plan on mailing it to her!  Hope she is surprised when it arrives!   Sketch N Scrap is so excited to be turning FIVE years old this month so we are celebrating with FIVE exclusive sketches and an online crop! I hope you will find time to join us! Make sure and check out the Sketch N Scrap blog to see what amazing cards the other DT members created with the sketch!  We would love to see your take on the sketch!

Friday, May 5, 2017

Thank You- Sketch N Scrap card sketch #97

May is well underway and that means TONS of fun at Sketch N Scrap!    We are celebrating our 5th birthday all month long with an online crop on our Facebook page and of course May is National Scrapbooking Month so will be celebrating that tomorrow with an exclusive sketch!  As you can see there will be LOADS of inspiration and fun, so make sure and join in the festivities!  Today our first card sketch is up on the Sketch N Scrap blog!  Here is the super fun sketch by Heather:
 
 
Here is my take on the sketch:

Supplies Used: Card stock: Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla, Real Red & Chocolate Chip by Stampin' Up; Patterned Paper: My Mind's Eye; Flower: My Mind's Eye, Ink: Chocolate chip by Stampin' Up; Stamp: Stampin' Up, border punch: Fiskars
 
This was a super fun sketch to work with and came together super fast! I was able to use up more of my papers from my 100 paper challenge as well as this older die cut that was left from a kit and I never used due to it's size, I think it is over 5 years old so glad to have found a use for it!  I hope you will join us on the blog and our Facebook page to get creative as we celebrating FIVE years of bringing you inspiration every month!  Our prizes for the crop and the blog this month are awesome so make sure and play along!  I can't wait to see what you create!

Monday, May 1, 2017

Handy Men- Sketch N Scrap #128


Happy May!  I am so excited that May if finally here!  So many scrappy events happening this month!  National Scrapbooking Day is this weekend and then Sketch N Scrap is turning FIVE this month!!!  What a fun five years it has been!  I have enjoyed every minute of it!  We are celebrating all month long with an online crop over on our Facebook page, so make sure and join us - the month long crop kicks off tomorrow May 2nd at 9 am CST!!!!  But now for our first sketch of the month which is by me!  Here is the sketch:
 
And here is my take on the sketch:

Supplies Used:  Patterned Paper: Simple Stories So Rad collection; Card stock: Bazzill Basics; Wood veneer: Elle's Studio; Letter Stickers: Simple Stories So Rad; Stickers: Simple Stories So Rad; die cuts: Jillibean Soup
 
I finally was able to get these older photos scrapped!  I have had them on my desk for at least a year!  I couldn't get the photos to layout out in a pleasing design so I ended up designing my own sketch but it took me a few months to work out something I really liked!  Sometimes that happens and it is very overwhelming but when it all comes together I always feel so accomplished!   I hope you will find time to play along with us at Sketch N Scrap this month on the blog or crop with us online on the Facebook page!   I can't wait to see what you create! 
 Happy 5th birthday to Sketch N Scrap!
 

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Thank you very much-Sketch N Scrap #96

Welcome to our last sketch for April!  Wow, has the time flown by this month or what? I was lucky to squeeze in a lot of crafty time this past month, let's hope May is even better!  After all you can never have to much crafty time!
 Here is our last card sketch of April for Sketch N Scrap.
 
Here is my take on the sketch:

Supplies Used: Card stock- Stampin Up Watermelon Wonder & Whisper White; Patterned Paper- Echo Park and Lawn Fawn; stickers: Pebbles Inc; Pearls: Kaisercrafts; ink: Stampin' Up Watermelon Wonder; stamp- Stampin' Up; embossing folder- dots by Stampin' Up.
I really wanted to design a Spring card and I love the color combo of the yellow & the watermelon!  It screams Spring! I hope you will be able to join us at Sketch N Scrap & play along with this sketch or one of our others before the month ends!  You have until April 30th at 9:55 CST to submit your entries for a chance to win our Pinkfresh Prize package!  And don't forget we will be starting our month long celebration on May 1st to kick off Sketch N Scrap's fifth birthday bash!!!  Lots of fun things coming up!  Happy creating!

 

Friday, April 14, 2017

Sketches in Thyme Project Life Style Guest Designer

TGIF!!!  I am so ready for the weekend how about you?  I am looking forward to spending time with my family this Easter weekend and making some wonderful memories.  I am so excited to share with you today some fun projects I created for my guest designer spot at the Sketches in Thyme Project Life Style blog!  The sketch I was given to work with is by Majo.  I loved the simplicity of this very versatile sketch!  Here is the sketch:
 
 
Here is the card I created based on the sketch:
 I made my card a square to go with the pictures I was using so I ended up using four strips of patterned paper on my card element instead of three patterned paper strips as shown on the sketch.
And here is the layout I used my card element on:
Supplies Used: Cardstock: CTMH; Patterned Paper: Elle's Studio, Crate Paper& Echo Park; die cuts: Crate Paper; sticker: Crate Paper; enamel dots: My Mind's Eye; letter stickers: American Crafts thickers.
 
 This layout was created as companion page to a layout I had created a while back.  At the time I thought there was only the one picture as this is a picture of my niece texted to me by my sister but then I found out there were more photos, so I decided to create another layout to go with the first one!  Here are both layouts together:
 
I truly enjoyed working with this fun sketch and as I was creating my layout I thought that it would make a great greeting card as well.  So since I can always use just basic greeting cards I decided to create a card with some beautiful Spring colors!  Here is the card I created based on the sketch:
 Supplies Used: Card stock: Stampin' Up whisper white; Ink: Memento Black; Stamp: Stampin' Up; Pattered Paper: Echo Park, Crate Paper & We R Memory Keepers; sticker: Echo Park; enamel dots: My Mind's Eye; die cut: Fancy Pants.
 
I know you will love to see what the other DT members did with this amazing sketch, don't forget to go check out all the inspiration at Sketches in Thyme Project Life Style!  I know they would love to have you play along and they have an amazing prize up for grabs as well!  Happy creating!

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Celebrating Five years!

Hello friends!  Just wanted to pop in quickly and share an upcoming event with you that I know you won't want to miss!!!  Sketch N Scrap is turning FIVE years old in May!!!  WOOT!  We are so excited and want to celebrate all month long with our readers, so we are having a month long online crop as well as blog party!!! 

The month long celebration will kick off on the blog on May 1st with our first sketch of the month....then the crop kicks off on our Facebook page on May 2nd and will run until June 2nd to give  you lots of time to submit your entries!!  We will be debuting an exclusive sketch each Tuesday starting May 2nd on both the blog AND the Facebook page!!  We will have FIVE exclusive birthday bash sketches to celebrate each of our FIVE years and we will also have an exclusive NSD sketch on May 6th to celebrate NSD with our readers!  Besides six EXTRA sketches for the month we will also have prizes and of course TONS of amazing inspiration from our awesome DT!  Make sure and like us on Facebook so you won't miss out on any of the announcements!  You can go ahead and sign up to crop at our EVENTS PAGE on Facebook now....you never know when a sneak peek might be shared!  Looking forward to cropping with you!

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Find Joy in the ordinary- Sketch N Scrap #95


Well, it's a new month and time for another sketch at Sketch N Scrap! This card sketch was a lot of fun to work with and if you love banners then you will love this amazing sketch created by Heather!  Here is her sketch:
 
And here is my card inspired by the sketch:
Supplies Used: Cardstock: Stampin' Up Very Vanilla & Basic Black; Patterned Paper: Crate Paper; sticker (find joy) Paper Studio; die: Scallop circle from Stampin' Up.
 
This card came together quickly by just using up a sticker that I had laying on my desk and then digging through my 100 paper challenge drawer and pulling out scraps that matched it!  I love it and I adore this sentiment!! I am going to share it with one of my bible study friends, we have been talking about finding joy and I know she will love it!!! I haven't decided what sentiment to include on the inside yet, I may just write a personal note and have no sentiment depending on how I am feeling when I send it out!  I hope you will be inspired enough to play along with us this month! There is plenty of time to play along with us at Sketch N Scrap, make sure and hop on over to see the beautiful cards the DT made, you will be inspired!  Happy creating!

Monday, March 20, 2017

It's your day- Sketch N Scrap card sketch #94


Wow, March has flown by and now I am once again sharing my last sketch of the month for Sketch N Scrap with you. I hope you will enjoy it! 

Here is my take on the sketch: 

Supplies Used: Card stock: Stampin' Up Very Vanilla & Basic Black; Ink: Memento Black; Stamps: Stampin' Up; Patterned Paper: Simple Stories Posh (6x6 pad)
 
I love the colors in this line! This card came together very quickly and I love how it turned out! I cut out one of the cards from the 6x6 pad and stamped my sentiment on it. I decided to add another sentiment not shown in the sketch in the bottom right to balance things out.  That's the beauty of a sketch you can always switch things up a bit if you are so inspired! I hope you will hop over to the Sketch N Scrap blog to check out what the DT has done with the sketch, I know you will be inspired! I can't wait to see what you create! Happy card making friends!

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Thinking of You- Sketch N Scrap card sketch #93

Hello crafters! I am so happy to share our first card sketch of the month with you today!  This fun sketch is by Heather and is one I know you will want to use over and over again!
 
Here is my take on the sketch:

Supplies Used: Cardstock: Very Vanilla by Stampin' Up; Ink: Watermelon Wonder & Pool Party by Stampin' Up; Stamp Set: Flower Shop & Four You by Stampin' Up; Punch: Stampin' Up; enamel dots: My Mind's Eye; Patterned Paper: Basic Grey Hillside
 
I was gifted these papers around Christmas time and it made me realize how much I miss Basic Grey! These colors are so fun and I love the smaller patterns of the 6x6 pads for card making! I plan on using this fun sketch again with stars instead of flowers next time! The possibilities on this sketch are truly endless!  I hope you will find time to play along with us this month at Sketch N Scrap and don't forget to hop on over the Sketch N Scrap blog to check out what the other DT members did with the sketch!

Monday, February 20, 2017

Why Thank You- Card sketch #92

February seems to be flying by and it is already time again for our last sketch of the month at Sketch N Scrap!  I am super excited to share my sketch with you, here it is:
 
 And here is my take on the sketch:


Supplies Used: Card stock: Stampin' Up Vanilla, Watermelon Wonder & chocolate chip; Patterned Papers: We R Memory Keepers, Echo Park & Crate Paper; Vellum- Stampin' Up; Punches: Stampin' Up Scallop Circle & 1.25 inch circle; Ink: Stampin' Up Early Espresso; Stamp- Stampin' Up; sticker (bee): Pebbles, Inc.
 
I used up a lot of scraps from my 100 paper challenge and from my scrap bin on this one!  The only thing that wasn't a scrap was the pink paper, it is from my newest Crate Paper 6x6 pad (Cute girl), I was wanting a pop of pink and there was none that matched in my scrap bin, so I had to use a new piece, but still I am thrilled to use up so many scraps!  Plus the sticker is part of one I have in my "bash it" basket- I have 15 sticker sheets that I hope to use up by March 31st when I am going to "refill" my bash it basket/box!  I had hoped to make a number of cards using this sketch but ran out of time this weekend, maybe I can still get a few made this week, as I need some more birthday cards for the first week in March!  I hope you were able to get your craft on this past weekend and hope your Monday goes well!  Make sure and hop over to the Sketch N Scrap blog to see what the DT did with this sketch, there is some great inspiration for you there!  You have until February 28th to play along with us this month and our online crop is still going on until tomorrow at midnight, so check it out too!  I can't wait to see what you create!  Happy crafting!

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Sketch N Scrap card sketch #91

Happy February!  I hope your new year is off to a great start!  We have our first card sketch of the month up at Sketch N Scrap today.  This amazing sketch is brought to us by Heather:

And here is my take on the sketch:
 Supplies Used: Card stock: Stampin' Up- Very Vanilla, gold metallic & Night of Navy; Patterned Paper: Simple Stories Posh; Die cut (sentiment)- Simple Stories Posh

I really love this sketch, it is so versatile and my card came together so quickly!  I love this line from Simple Stories, it was a birthday gift from my friend Lori and I have had so much fun using it!  I didn't even use a sticker or a stamp on this one, unusual for me but I think it will be a great encouragement card for a dear friend going through a rough time right now!  We all need uplifting and encouragement every now and then don't we?  I am doing pretty good on my quest to send more card this year, I had a rocky start but thanks to my new Happy Planner (another amazing birthday gift from my SIL and brother- gosh I'm so blessed!) I recovered and am back on track for February!!!  I hope you will join us this month at Sketch N Scrap, there is plenty of time to play along (you have until February 28th to enter our prize draw).  I can't wait to see what you create!