Saturday, July 22, 2017


Okay, I couldn't resist! I had to do it!!  I've been seeing so many advertisements for Christmas in July and when I saw these stamps from Stamps By Judith and Heather I knew I'd be using them asap!!

I love anything to do with the time between October 1st and December 31st! If I could craft fall and holiday all year I SO would.  I loved using it for this sketch from the Sketch~N~Scrap Sizzlin' Summer Crop. 

Here is my card. This came together so quickly that I think I may have found my Christmas card this year.  Even the cutting out didn't take that long!


I found these cute pictures of my oldest and thought instantly of using the new paper stack I found.  He's now 20, but I remember this day so clearly.  He wasn't to fond of trying many of the activities that were planned that day but for some reason the rock wall really caught his eye.

Here is the sketch I used from Sketch~N~Scrap Sizzlin' Summer Crop!

And here is my finished layout.  I actually have enough pictures that I'm most likely going to create a second page for this. 

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Happy Birthday!

Hello! Back again with another great card sketch challenge from Sketch~N~Scrap. Lately I've been making a lot of birthday cards.  Not sure why, just seem to pop right out of me.

Here is the sketch

And here is my card

Loving how bright this card is! I used the birthday hat and versamark to create the background and a birthday themed embossing folder to add a little pop.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017


Hello everyone!  Here with another wonderful card sketch from Sketch~N~Scrap!  I recently got some new items for organizing my scrap room and it has made me use items I haven't used in forever! I used paper punches that I've had lovingly tucked away in a dresser and a stamp set that was in a nice cubed storage bin.  You can check out what I did here!!

Anyway, enough about my storage issues lol and on to the wonderful June 5th sketch

I really enjoyed this one.  It came together super quick and turned out really cute.  I even pulled out some old stickles that I had and used them! Say what?! My husband is so happy I'm actually using the items I've been purchasing lol.

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Organization Heaven!

My husband and I recently took a trip to our local Ikea (by local I mean and hour away lol) to get some shelving I had seen in a video.  I wanted to get all my stamps out of bins and put up where I could see them and therefore be able to actually use them.

We walked around the entire store only to realize they no longer sell the piece I saw (sad face).  I did find a wall plate rack that I made into a ribbon holder as well as a nice tall shelf for my stamps (yay)!!

I also was able to get two slim line ink pad holders, two punch holders and a marker holder from Stampnstorage.  Loving these!!

Here is where I sit and find all my inspiration as well as uploading projects to my blog

The awesome wall plate holder from Ikea

The shelving unit I found at Ikea as well

A view of the other half of the room

The rest of my work space

My Ikea shelving with my new ink holders and punch holders

Roll top desk hubby found me. I finally got it organized to hold my big shot and dies.  The unit next to it holds all my paper scraps.  Awesome!!!


Hello and welcome to another installment of Sketch~N~Scrap layout challenge.  This layout worked great with these cute pictures of my youngest blowing bubbles on the 4th a few years ago. He had such a blast and wanted everyone to join in!

Here is the layout...
Here is my layout...
I have a ton more photos of this day so I will have lots of summer crafting in my future lol. 

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Live The Life...

I've recently been going through old photos and found this one from my daughter's bridging ceremony (years ago) of my grandma, mom, me and my daughter.  It's rare to get a 4 generation photo and since my grandma has since passed this is extra special. 

I'm using a sketch challenge from Let's Get Sketchy.  It's such a cheerful sketch and I have the perfect paper for it (since the photo is a bit washed out).  I love hexagons so this was perfect and I even have hexagon shaped thin dies!!

Here is the sketch...
This is what I came up with...
Not the best picture as it's rainy and dark here.

Monday, June 5, 2017

Happy Birthday

Hello everyone.  Time for another card sketch challenge over at Sketch~N~Scrap. Come and play along!

Here is today's sketch

And here is my creation.  This card came together pretty quickly.  I used scraps from a layout I created earlier in the month (may look familiar huh?)

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Adventure Joy Fun

I found this old picture of my now 18 year old daughter and couldn't wait to create a layout using it.  You sometimes forget how sweet and adorable they were before the "teen" years arrive lol.

I found this great sketch challenge over at Let's Get Sketchy and it is perfect for this photo.

Here is the sketch

And this is what I came up with
I used a distress ink on the edges of all the patterned paper and ran it across the background cardstock to add some depth.  It's so bright in my house right now (problems right?) that you can't really see that.


Hello! I am in the graduation mode at the moment.  My daughter just graduated high school and we are getting everything ready for a big party!  C an't wait.  So when I found this challenge over at Moving Along With The Times I couldn't wait to pull out my one and only graduation stamp and get crafting!! I paired it with a great sketch from Try Stampin' On Tuesday

Here is the sketch...
The challenge over at Moving Along With The Times is GRADUATION

This is what I came up with
I used an embossing folder on the background to create the caps and added a little sparkle with glitter washi tape and a little glitter cap.  Wish I would have thought of this when I was trying to come up with invites to the party!!

Shine Bright

Good morning! Welcome to another great sketch for Sketch~N~Scrap! I really enjoyed this one.  I searched for a photo and found this one of my son from when he graduated and couldn't wait to use it. 
Here is the sketch

And here is what I came up with.  It's hard to believe this was two years ago! He's going to be 20 soon and his sister just graduated.  Time goes by so fast!!

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Turning 40

So, I'm a bit behind scrapping these photos of my hubby's 40th birthday dinner (he's going to be 42 this year) but truth be told I forgot I had them until today!! Oops.  Better late than never.

I found this great two page sketch challenge over at Let's Scrap and it's perfect for these photos.  Since I took them on my phone they are all facing the same way (not sure how that happened).

I love the simplicity of this layout.  So many different options!

Here is my layout

Thursday, May 25, 2017

HI Hottie!

Finally! Some much needed time in my craft room!  I've gotten two challenges for the design team I'm on done already and now to enjoy some challenges.  I used these two challenges for the card below.  What fun. I'm loving the colors from "Just Us Girls".  So summery and bright.  Maybe it'll bring some summery weather our way! The sketch I got from Freshly Made Sketches.

Here is what I came up with

Saturday, May 6, 2017

October 97 NSD5 5th bday bash

Hello! I hope you are enjoying the Sketch~N~Scrap Birthday bash!! This is our second installment in the sketch fun!  This layout came together quite easily for me.  It just poured out of me!!

Here is what I created.  I found these pictures from my oldest son's baptism (he'll be 20 in June!).  The lovely lady on the right is his Great Grandma, who we just lost last year so it makes finding these pictures bitter sweet.

Now it's your turn! Create your layout and load it to Sketch~N~Scrap!!

Friday, May 5, 2017

Your Invited

Good morning crafters! Here is another installment for the Sketch~N~Scrap design team.  This sketch was a lot of fun.  I think I finished this whole card in about 25 minutes.  The idea just flew out of my head. 

Here is what I came up with.  I showed it to my daughter and these are now going to be her invites to her high school graduation party! Thankfully I don't have to make to many as there was a lot of hand cutting and die cutting on this lol.

Supplies: cardstock, lacy border punch, lacy embossing folder, leaf dies, regarding dahlias stamp set~Stampin' Up!, ink~The Stamps of Life

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Here Comes Santa Claus NSD5 5th Bday bash

Welcome to our first NSD5 5th birthday bash sketch! So happy your here and I hope you'll play along through the whole month!!  I found this cute picture of my kids from long ago and just couldn't pass up the chance to use it with this great sketch from Sketch~N~Scrap. This was a fun layout to do. I love the circles in the background and love being able to pull out my circle stencils from Kiwi Lanes and create with them.

This is what I came up with

Monday, May 1, 2017

Let's Slide!

I had a lot of fun with this great sketch from Sketch~N~Scrap.  The layout itself came together quite fast. I was going to use it for a Mother's Day page and add the photos later but once I started I just "needed" to add pictures.  

I found these cute pictures of my youngest at the park and couldn't resist.  Normally I wouldn't use such "girly" colors and embellishments but, heck, why not?!

Now it's your turn.  Head over to Sketch~N~Scrap and join in!!

Here is what I came up with.  I'm loving how bright it is and it just makes me happy lol.
Supplies: cardstock, rhinestone brads, and painted blooms dsp paper~Stampin' Up!, flowers~Multicraft Imports, alphabet letters (remarks)~American Crafts, sweetheart, mini paisley place border, tiny tags~Kiwi Lane, journal line stamp~The Stamps of Life.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Hello Dear Friend

Hello again! I'm here with another great sketch from Sketch~N~Scrap.  As soon as I saw this layout I knew exactly what stamp set I wanted to use.  I just recently "found" it again lol.  Hiding in my stash.  Crazy right?!

Here is the fabulous sketch...

 And this is what I came up with.  All the products are things I've had for quite some time and just never got around to using.

Supplies: cardstock, ribbon and dsp~Stampin' Up!, stamps and dies~My Favorite Things, ink~The Stamps of Life

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Believe Shine

Good morning! Here is another great layout challenge for the design team over at Sketch~N~Scrap.  I was originally just going to create the layout and come up with pictures later but then I remembered I had these selfies that I've been taking during my life style change. 

I have been up and down a roller coaster with my weight over the years.  The worst being I topped out at 248 lbs.  A friend thought I was pregnant and that was the beginning of me losing the weight. I got to a comfortable weight of 155 and was happy but still having issues with bouncing back and forth to 200 and back down. 

Back in October I found a great company called 310 and have never looked back. I've not only learned that I don't need so many of the things I was putting into my body and that I LOVE to cook!! Who knew?!  I'm down now to a weight and size I never thought I'd be at, EVER and am very happy with my body, mind and spirit. 

The page I created is only half the story, I still have pictures I haven't printed that are the ending.  I'll create that at a later time and share it. 

Here is the sketch

And here is my layout
I used a lot of patterns and colors to share how good I've felt as I took these pictures.  I've never been one to want my picture taken, now I want my husband to take the camera and include me in on everything!!

Supplies: chalkboard paper pack~We Are Memory Keepers, rings, lacy trims and adventure sten

Monday, March 20, 2017

Birthday Cake!

Good morning.  Today is another wonderful day for a sketch challenge over at Sketch~N~Scrap. I had fun with this one.  I made a birthday card since my girlfriends birthday just past, it was perfect.

Here is the sketch for your inspiration

Here is my card

And I also decorated the inside.  I like adding a little extra...

All that's left is writing a personal message and giving it away.  That's the best thing about making cards, giving them away! Don't you agree?