Friday, March 30, 2012


This layout is based on the Frosted Designs Sketch Along Tuesdays' Sketch #37.  Two of my grandsons are throwing leaves while on vacation in North Carolina.


This layout of my daughter on the first day of nursery school is made entirely from the Doodlebug collection "Sweet Cakes" except for the piece of red cardstock. The flowers, hearts and letters are stickers and I am entering this in Scrapbookers Anonymous' March challenge to use stickers.


When my daughters and grandsons went to North Carolina last November they took along a mascot - a crazy monkey. Both the Scrap for Help March Challenge and Frosted Designs Fabulous Friday Challenge call for the use of recycled materials which I feel are great for a mostly male layout.. I used a piece of corrugated cardboard for the journal box and newspaper for the banner.

New Friend

I used the March sketch from Crafty Sketches to make this layout of Charlie meeting the daughter of his mom's friend while visiting over Thanksgiving 2011. He says Brooke is the cutest baby ever.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012


The challenge at Scrapping Everyday Miracles is "This is one word". At first I was going to use dependable. After all, who stayed home raising the kids, who got a job after they were grown, who goes into work whenever they But then while making the background for this layout I realized I am lucky. I have great kids and grandkids and a nice home. I have a job I like, lots of time for crafting, enough money to cover my bills and few aches and pains. Sure my life has had ups and downs but compared to others I am so lucky.

Life Is Good

Last month I started a grid layout, then re-read the recipe and there was a color requirement too. So I removed the pictures and re-did that layout. I set aside the white cardstock with red squares, waiting for the right time to use it. That time is now. The Fabulous Friday Challenge at Frosted Designs is to use a grid, and the March challenge at Scrap the Boys is to use "Life Is Good", the color red and handwritten journaling. I used the pictures of my son's first birthday (in 1980) and added the yellow base card stock, title and embellies.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Thanksgiving Break

The March 1st challenge at Another-freaking Scrappy Challenge is to scrap spring break or another school break. Since spring break is this week and I don't have photos yet I scrapped pictures from Thanksgiving break. My daughter and grandson went to Myrtle Beach, SC and stopped at Hard Rock Cafe. This was my grandson's first visit to a Hard Rock and he was impressed with this one's Egyptian theme.

Easter Memory

The challenge at Another Freaking Scrappy Challenge is to follow the above sketch, scrap an Easter Memory and use spring colors. I don't have any Easter pictures of myself and few of my kids. Journaling explains how we had just moved to Michigan and hosted Easter dinner at our new home, with my sister-in-law and her daughters as guests. I used lilac, yellow and green as my color scheme and journaled in white (very hard to see in picture).


The challenge this week at Lasting Memories is layers. Two of my grandsons were over and "helping" me in the craft room. They got a kick out of this photo of their dad, so I had to scrap it. I layered the patterned papers and the flower.

Cardstock - Recollections
Patterned paper - DCWV (I think, it's from my stash)
Flowers - DCWV
Border punch train (Don't remember the brand - it's light green)

Small Creative Spaces

Have your scrapping and paper crafts taken over an area of your home and that tiny cramped space is soooooo crowded there is barely room for you to sit let alone craft!!!! Oh my, have I hit the nail on the head --- oops, never mind there's no room even for a nail!!!! Us ingenious crafters always can find a space to craft and play with our paper and we're just going to do that and show you our craft space...

If you arrived here from Inga's blog you are on the right track. If not, please start at the beginning at Kari's blog so you don't miss anything.

I'm sharing photos of my storage tower. I saw one of these on pinterest - a set of shelves set upright and placed on a lazy susan - and decided I would find or make one. Imagine my surprise when I found this unit at Goodwill less than a week later. 

Bottom shelf - mat stacks. Next I have five storage boxes (each containing what looks like tic-tac boxes) used to hold eyelets, brads, loose gems, very small buttons, charms). Above that I've placed 6x6 pads of paper - this smaller size is much easier to store and I can still have the newest so I can enter manufacture challenges. Other shelves hold a container of ribbon, a container of lace, jar of flowers and a three drawer unit of various punched out pieces (one of my grandsons loves to punch out butterflies and bugs from scraps).

On one side I added pieces of cork to create a space to pin up notes, challenges and a calendar.

This side already had a ruler printed on it, useful for measuring ribbon. I'm using the rest of this side for quotes I want to keep.

Haven't figured what to use the back for yet. Would like to figure out how to add some kind of rod to hold punches, maybe a small hanging shoe organizer. The whole unit sits on a lazy susan (also found at Goodwill) so it can be turned easily. I recently added a plant roller found at Big Lots for $3, so now it can be moved around too.

Now, that you have seen my craft of clutter, I must send you on your way to Kimberly - oops oh no, watch that avalanche - too late!

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Banners for kids

    Welcome to the Banners for Kids: Bunnies and Blossoms Blog Hop. This is a two day hop with 18 stops each day. At each stop you will see a banner made for the children at the Pediatric Specialty Care. If you came here from Jamie you are on the right track. If you just came across my blog, please start at the beginning, Ellen's blog, so you don't miss any of the fun.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

    I used poptarts boxes for strength, covered with paper from my stash. The cute little chick is cut on the cricut from the Create A Critter cartridge. I added eyelets and orange ribbon.

    Your next stop is Robin

    Here is the entire Sunday lineup in case you missed anyone.

    Ellen CardMonkey -

    Ashley -

    Pam -

    Rachelle -

    Jessica Esch-

    Nancie ~

    Tami ~

    Susan E Bermudez -

    Beckie -

    Jamie M.

    Vicki ~

    Robin -

    Jennifer -

    Debbie T. -

    Lisa T. -

    Cindy -

    Yvette ~

    Friday, March 23, 2012

    Down at Fraggle Rock

    Are you ready to dance your cares away --- then lets go to Fraggle Rock with Gobo, Mokey, Wembley, Boober and Red. This was a children's live action puppet television program series created by Jim Henson. The central characters were a set of "Muppet" creatures called Fraggles.

    The music starts in the opening scene with you seeing Doc, an inventor, and his loving dog, Sprocket. Sprocket chases Uncle Matt, a Fraggle, as he explores "Outer Space" and sends picture post cards to the Fraggles. Uncle Matt explores Outer Space through a crack in the wall.

    Fraggles are humanoid creatures, about 18 inches tall with fur in a wide variety of colors and a tail like a lion’s, with a tuft of fur on the end. They live in a network of caves called Fraggle Rock, populated by a variety of creatures, and seeming to connect to at least two different worlds in separate dimensions of time and space. Fraggles spend much of their carefree lives in play, exploring their worlds, and generally enjoying themselves. However, at the same time they maintain a complex culture and society, with each individual having rights and responsibilities. They have basic skill with tools and with crude machinery, and the concept of war is known to them (although wars between Fraggles are very rare). Fraggles live on a diet of vegetables, especially radishes. If individuals touch their heads together before falling asleep they can “share dreams.”

    Within Fraggle Rock lives a second species of small humanoid creatures, the pudgy, green, ant-like Doozers. Standing only 6 inches tall (knee-high to a Fraggle), Doozers in a sense represent anti-Fraggles; their lives are dedicated to work and industry. Doozers spend much of their time busily constructing all manner of scaffolding throughout Fraggle Rock using miniature construction equipment and wearing  hard-hats  and work boots. No one but the Doozers themselves seem to understand the actual purpose of their intricate and beautiful constructions.

    Often they accompany their building with marching songs and various Doozer chants. To ensure that they always have a steady stream of work to do, Doozers build their constructions out of an edible candy-like substance (manufactured from radishes) which is greatly enjoyed by Fraggles. They actually want the Fraggles to eat their constructions because "architecture's supposed to be enjoyed" and also so they can go on to build again. This is essentially the only interaction between Doozers and Fraggles; Doozers spend most of their time building, and Fraggles spend much of their time eating Doozer buildings.

    On the outside of another exit from Fraggle Rock, through a well, live a family of Gorgs, giant furry humanoids standing 22 feet tall. The husband and wife of the family call themselves the King and Queen  of the Universe, with their son Junior as its Prince and their heir, but to all appearances working as simple farmers with a hut and garden patch. The Gorgs regard Fraggles as pests, which steal radishes from their garden. In one episode it is revealed that the Gorgs use radishes to make "anti-vanishing cream" that prevents them from becoming invisible. So the three main races of the Fraggle Rock universe — Fraggles, Doozers and Gorgs — are all dependent on the radishes for different reasons. While the King and Queen consider the Fraggles disgusting vermin, Junior enjoys chasing, catching and keeping them like a boy would lizards and bugs. Junior has no friends, and perhaps pursues the Fraggles just so he has someone to talk to.

    Marjory, The Trash Heap is a wise being (referred to as an "oracle"), serves as the garbage dump of the Gorgs. She and her heckling heralds live near the Gorg's garden, and she gives the Fraggles guidance and advice, which the Fraggles regard with reverence, although they do not worship her. She also appears to have some magical abilities (specifically telepathy and the ability to teleport items or Fraggles), although she does not often use them. Sometimes she knits to pass the time. She has an uncle named Maximillian, whom she refers to as "Uncle Max". Jerry Nelson voiced Marjory the Trash Heap.

    Let's dance our cares away and go down to Fraggle Rock now that you know the characters and have fun with this wonderful line up --- if you were just visiting one of the many worlds of Fraggle Rock today, aka me, I don't want you to miss any of this silliness and start at the beginning of our our with Lynne. You should have arrived with or without radishes from Lisa.

    Everyone in my family loved Fraggle Rock. My husband was a Jr. Gorg fan, so I made a layout about that.

    All cardstock was from my stash. The letters were cut on the cricut and inked. The coloring page was printed from a link on google. 

    We've danced, tasted the doozers buildings but now it is time to check out another world with Pam being sure to chart your journey and leave your discoveries along the way with your comments.

    Wednesday, March 21, 2012

    Diva Cat

    Bella is the fluffiest of the six furballs I live with and the craziest.
    I used the sketch from Doodlebug Design.
    Papers from Doodlebug - Sweetcakes
    Title Box from Doodlebug - Cute Cuts
    Title is Thickers from American Crafts
    White cardstock is from my stash.

    I am also entering this at Lasting Memories where the challenge is "Pawsitively Sweet".

    Tuesday, March 20, 2012

    Welcome Spring

    Layout is of my daughter in spring 1974.

    Paper is from DCWV Cotton Blooms stack.
    Sketch is from Scrappin-n-chattin - March sketch
    Butterfly is from cricut cartridge - Ashlyn's Alphabet.
    Title is from cricut cartridge - April Showers.

    Entering at Amanda's Crafts and More - use a sketch and a cricut cut
    and at Frosted Designs - things with wings.


    The Paper Variety and ScrapFIT teamed up to bring a sketch and journaling challenge.

    Here is the sketch  from The Paper Variety.

    The ScrapFIT journaling challenge is to have a numbered list.

    Spring has Sprung

    The grass is getting greener, the trees are budding, and the flowers are blooming!  All signs that Spring has Sprung! Welcome to the Spring has Sprung Birthday Blog Hop!  If you arrived here from Shannon's blog  you are in the right place.  If you just dropped in, please start at Robin's blog, our hostess and Birthday Girl!  Be sure to leave a comment on each blog to be eligible for the Blog Candy that Robin is giving away for her Birthday!

     For my project I made a springy birthday card in lilac and green. I used a cuttlebug embossing folder on patterned paper from my stash. The butterflies were made with a Martha Stewart punch. The cardstock, ribbons and gems are from my stash. The stamp on the back is from the Created4you set from Stamps Of

    This card is being entered at The Glamorous Side of Scrapping's Clean and Simple Sunday Challenge.

    Thank you for joining us for the Spring / Birthday blog hop.  Your next stop is Carol.

     Here is the entire lineup:
    Robin -
    Patti -
    Shannon -
    Vicki -
    Carol -
    Suzy -
    Jamie -
    Jearise -
    Tina ~
    Barbara -
    Ashley -
    Janet S. -
    Lisa -

    Wednesday, March 14, 2012

    Lucky Charm

    My final layout for today is about my oldest grandson when he was three. He would hook two paperclips together and give them to people for luck. He's my little lucky charm.

    Layout is for the following challenges:
    Bird is the Word - use the word charm
    Scrappin-N-Chattin - use the word lucky
    Scrap It Girl - use recycled materials (cardboard from a box, used paperclips)


    This layout is of my son and grandson taking part in Dance Challenge for the Cure. It is based on the sketch from Boys Rule.

    Cardstock from my stash, everything else from the Boys Rule kit (papers are Little Yellow Bicycle, title is thickers.)


    This layout of my three oldest grandsons follows the sketch at Frosted Designs. It is also for the challenge at Amanda's Crafts and More to use green (I used olive green) and to use a cricut cut (the title).


    Another productive day with four layouts made. This first one is from the sketch at Let's Get Sketchy.  Photo is my son from his visit to Washington D.C.

    Patterned paper is from Colorbok
    Twine, buttons and cardstock from my stash
    Title is thickers


    The sketch is from Stuck?!. The layout is of my grandson and the note he leaves every time we stay at a hotel.

    Papers from my stash
    Flowers from Michaels
    Letters from Thickers


    This sketch is from Sassy Scrappers. The layout is of the brunch my son took me to for my birthday. All items used were from my stash.

    Tuesday, March 13, 2012


    I used the sketch from Lasting Memories for this second page of my 60th birthday party. The challenge at Lasting Memories was to use the word lucky. I used it in the journaling. "I'm lucky there was only one candle. I'd never be able to blow out 60 at once."

    Cardstock from recollections
    Patterned paper from DCWV
    Flower and button from my stash


    I used the sketch from A Walk Down Memory Lane for this layout from my 60th birthday last month.

    Cardstock from recollections
    Patterned paper from DCWV
    Letters from American Crafts - thickers
    Silver flowers from Prima
    Green flowers, roses and buttons from my stash


    I used the sketch from Stuck On U Sketches for this layout of my son's visit to the Lincoln Memorial.

    Monday, March 12, 2012

    Charlie Brown and the Gang

    Welcome to Charlie Brown and the Gang Blog Hop. Charlie Brown and his gang are out to play with us today whether it be baseball, holding the football or just hangin' out. Don't forget that Snoopy has to get the Red Baron and not fall behind the enemy lines. Also, you may want to stop off at Lucy's booth to have a second opinion.

    There are so many characters to depict here and we all have our favorites. With this in mind, we will be setting up scenes whether it be a lay-out, card, decorative piece but rest assured, you will be seeing Charles Schultz characters being showcased. Kari's son Josh, loves Charlie Brown with his favorite character being Snoopy and its his 18th birthday. Be sure to wish Josh a Happy Birthday on Kari's Blog.
    Now, if you just happened to be visiting me, I'm thrilled and glad to show you my project BUT I would love for you to start at the beginning of our story and that is with Kari . Now, if you arrived from  Colleen then you are on the correct base on the baseball field.

    We have a terrific All-Star group of sponsors:
    • Lynne Kirsch - chipboard figures of Charlie Brown and the Gang
    • Shannon Leffew Keith offering flowers from her etsy shop
    • Colleen Duffy Hathaway is offering a paper pieced set of your choice from Scraptastical Kreations (

    For my project I made a layout of my Snoopy phone. 

    My love of Snoopy started with a TV commercial in 1979. This was at the time when phones came in desk, wall and princess styles and were rented from the phone company. So when I saw this phone advertised I mentioned that it would be cool to own. Imagine my surprise when I received this phone from my husband for Christmas. (Seems he was listening when I talked). I still receive Snoopy items for Christmas, and this past year got a plush Snoopy, note cards and 3 Snoopy journals.

    Bought the Charlie Brown paper years ago. I used the sketch from Let's Get Sketchy. Cardstock from my stash, flowers are Prima, butterfly punch from Martha Stewart. 

    Your next stop with Charlie Brown and the Gang is Lynne and be sure not to let Lucy you with that line "I'll hold the football" !

    Here's the entire lineup: