Friday, November 15, 2013


I used the November sketch from Artful Delight for this layout from my daughter's birthday.  Followed the sketch pretty close but didn't leave enough room for the title below so placed it to the top right.  How can she be 40 when I don't feel that old?

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Scrapping about yourself

There's a new challenge blog called Challenge YOUrself.  The challenges will require pictures of you. What a wonderful idea to finally get out from behind the camera. The is a design team call and giveaway going on now, so stop over and check it out.

Monday, November 4, 2013

How Corn - y

The challenge at Boy Meets Girl Scrapbook Challenge is to create a Fall layout using male photos only.  My son posted these pictures to facebook after he took his family to visit a cornfield in October and he decided to model some cornsilk facial hair.

Friday, November 1, 2013

Jingle Dress Dancer

I used sketch #44 from Sketch-N-Scrap for this layout of my beautiful great-niece dancing at a pow-wow last September. The cardstock, patterned paper, flowers, washi tape, sticker letters and thickers are all from my stash. Really trying to use up what I already own.


My daughter has always wanted to do a cemetery display for Halloween and when she put in the mulch and hanging plant garden in the front yard it was a perfect place for such a display. This week's challenge at Lasting Memories is to use lots of journaling. Usually I just do a name and a date, but for this layout I did the story of her wanting and getting her Halloween display. We already made a trip to Michael's today and got more tombstones, black roses and a skull, at 80% off, to use for an even bigger display next year.

Monday, October 7, 2013

Road Trip

The challenge at Lasting Memories is to create a layout using just one color. I picked green and grabbed some patterned paper I got in a matched package from Big Lots, added a few pieces of cardstock, some flowers and leaves, punched out the butterflies from shiny green cardstock and added key lime liquid pearls. Removed the silver backing on the title so it would be only shades of green. Even used a green journaling pen. It was a fun challenge.

Friday, October 4, 2013

loves to swim

Journaling says "To Charlie the key to a perfect family vacation is a pool. Because he"  Entering this layout as Scrap Our Stash (tic tac toe challenge top row - used washi tape, 3 buttons and a chipboard key - all items I've had for at least a year) and at Use Your Words (use the word family in the title or journaling).

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Enjoy New Adventures

I love this sketch from Creative Scrappers and will be using it again. Layout is another of feeding the ducks and fish.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Feeding Frenzy

We had so much fun feeding the fish and the ducks. Probably spent $5 a quarter at a time. The fish would jump out of the water and the ducks would step right on the fish - all in a fight to get the food first.

The sketch is from Sketch N Scrap (due 10/31 so stop over there and give it a try).

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Mini golf

These layouts are from our vacation last month. Besides boat tours and waterfalls, we took time for a round of mini-golf. Par was 44, my daughter and grandson got 68 and 67 - I didn't play was busy being score keeper and photographer. But we had a great time. Challenge #158 at Lasting Memories is Vacation Time, so the top layout has been entered there.

Monday, September 9, 2013

Nick's Car

I turned the sketch from Artful Delight and used the Black, White and 1 color challenge from About a Boy for this layout of my grandson and the car he bought this summer. He had a 1994 van that his mom bought him, but this is the first car he picked and paid for himself. I know the cardstock looks more rosy in the picture, but it is the same color as the car in real life.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Flutter By Wednesday Blog Hop

Today is the first of TWO Flutter By Wednesday blog hops to celebrate Danni's (the owner/creator of FBW) birthday. Today we have friends of Danni fluttering along to share some amazing creations to inspire you!!

You should have fluttered here from Ruth if not -- start at the beginning of the hop at the Flutter By Wednesday Blog.

Be sure to leave comments at each stop that you flutter to as there are some surprises hidden! You have until September 9, 2013 at midnight CST to flutter along!

We hope you'll also join in this week's challange at Flutter By Wednesday which is anything goes with a butterfly or fairy! A little butterfly told us that if the challenge gets over 100 entries there will be a prize!!

Here's my project for today.

The pictures are of the Picture Rocks on Lake Superior. I used green cardstock, 8x8 music patterned paper, a piece of green "stain glass" paper from a child's crafting kit, some butterfly/flower trim, music washi tape, gold sequin waste, a butterfly embellie and gold bling. The title is thickers, the flower is made from a cupcake wrapper for the base with two white and a gold flower layered on top.

Now you should hop on to Anita.

Don't forget to flutter to the FBW blog tomorrow for another hop full of more fluttery inspiration.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

The Sea

When I found the butterfly for 50 cents at a thrift store I knew it would be perfect for the week 4 sketch from Let's Get Sketchy. The photo is of the Oregon coast. I used silver cardstock for the banner, silver washi tape and a piece of gray paper under the blue stained glass paper. The title is thickers.

Friday, August 23, 2013

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Alger Falls

I combined the sketch from Artful Delight and the embossing challenge from Frosted Designs for this waterfall layout.  I actually embossed a piece of green cardstock before I knew what I was going to use it for. When I decided to use this sketch I just punched out a couple of circles and the butterflies from the embossed paper. The thickers I used for the title are also embossed but hard to see in the picture. In real life the texture on the letters keeps the title from blending into the background.

The waterfalls is right on the road, so we passed it every time we drove from the hotel into town and back.

A Look Under

I was a little stumped by the coloring of the photos taken from the glass bottom boat and couldn't find a patterned paper that would work. Ended up using black cardstock, green washi tape, black arrow washi tape, silver letters and old anchor buttons. The buttons originally had a shank but my grandson flatten them with a hammer.  I am linking this to the Scrap Your Story "use arrows" challenge.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

1st Stop

The challenge this week at Lasting Memories is Stars and Stripes. I used brown, grey and black for my stars and stripes. We decided to stop before taking the Mackinac bridge to the Upper Peninsula to take pictures and "touch" Lake Huron. In all the times I've crossed the bridge I can't remember if we ever went down by the water. The background paper is red like Charlie's shirt even though it looks rosy here.

Horseshoe Falls

This layout follows the sketch from Sketch-N-Scrap. I'm sorry if it isn't straight, but the angled papers made it hard to hold the phone straight for the photo.

Wagner falls

I used the fabulous week 1 sketch from Let's Get Sketchy for a layout from our vacation to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. 

Thursday, August 1, 2013

feel the rush

The challenge this week at Let's Get Sketchy is Anything Goes.  I usually have a really hard time with titles, but for this picture I can "feel" the water. Photo is from my son's vacation to Oregon.

Monday, July 29, 2013

Welcome to the World

I used sketch #36 from Sketch N Scrap for this layout about new baby Bridget. Papers are Indy Chic, letters are thickers.

Owl Gifts

I used sketch #117 from Sketches in Thyme for this baby shower layout.

Friday, July 26, 2013


The challenge at About a Girl is to use the sketch, flowers and torn paper. Easy right. Love the sketch and love to use flowers. How hard would it be to rip paper? Just pull the paper upward while holding down the patterned ruler. You know if I didn't want the paper to rip it would be in shreds, but it was hard to get it to tear along the metal edge. Baby is the niece of a co-worker who asked me to make an album of the baby shower and baby pictures.  Journaling is date in lower left.

Friday, July 19, 2013


Used the week 3 sketch from Let's Get Sketchy for a layout of my grandson's birthday. Took the picture with the hidden journaling showing.

Where Time Stands Still

I was intrigued by the half photos in the week 2 sketch from Let's Get Sketchy and had to give it a try.  I also used the challenges from About A Boy to catch the wave / feature water and Frosted Designs to do a layout about the great outdoors.  It's been so hot here that I haven't been able to even enter my craft room for days, so I really enjoyed being able to scrap today, although I'd rather be with my grandson out on the water as in the picture.

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Hurray for the Red White and Blue

Welcome to the Hurray for the Red White and Blue Blog Hop  

Today we invite you to come check out this great group of crafters who will be showcasing cards, layouts, or projects featuring America's Patriotic Colors.

Connie Can Crop is the  first stop on this fun Blog Hop.

This is a one day blog hop and we appreciate  your leaving a comment to encourage all my fabulous crafty friends to continue  sharing their ideas and creations.

We have an awesome sponsor and giveaway for this hop!

Heartstring Designs has given us an awesome monthly kit to raffle off to one lucky person.

So what do you need to do to win? Easy... become  a follower of each of the fabulous blogs in this hop and leave each of us a  comment letting us know what you like best about our projects.

Then come back to Connie Can Crop and post that you  followed the rules.

You will have until 9:00 pm Sunday to finish the  hop and leave your comments.

Be sure to follow everyone and leave a comment  along the way!

 Ready to join in the fun?



I used the July sketch from Artful Delight for a layout of the fireworks my daughters and I saw on July 4th. The girls choose to go into town to watch the fireworks over the bay.  I worked until nine and decided to stop at the ball stadium on the way home to see their display. Of course the ball game went extra innings and the fireworks didn't start until 11:24.

I also followed the challenge at Scrap Our Stash to use 3 pre-made star embellishments. Red Carpet Studio's challege is to use stars. I've had the star confetti forever, as well as the felt star.  I think the patterned paper is from Target's dollar section from a couple years ago. Again I've journaled way too close to the edge to be able to crop the picture well.  I just don't learn.

Next up is Lori. Hop on over to see her fabulous project.

In case you get lost here is the entire lineup.

Friday, July 12, 2013


Used the week 1 sketch from Let's Get Sketchy and the birthday challenge from Use It Tuesday for a layout of my grandson opening his birthday gifts. I used patterned papers that I've had for years.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013


Photo is of me, parents, grandparents, aunt and dog. Entering at Lasting Memories (challenge is Precious Family) and at Scrap Your Story (challenge is childhood).