Friday, April 26, 2013

The Game

The challenge at Scrap It Girl is to use angels or arrows. While I'm sure their moms think these boys are angels, I used an arrow to embellish the layout of the team. While the team picture includes #42, it's not the same boy who started the season (he is in the smaller picture). Three of the boys are foreign exchange students and at least two had never played basketball before. I had to write the hidden journaling three times as I did it upset down once and misspelled Czech Republic once. Since the team only won once but had a great time playing it must have been for the love of the game.

Monday, April 22, 2013


I used sketch #15 from Let's Capture Our Memories. I had a different photo in mind when I started put suddenly the colors took over and I couldn't use my mainly blue picture. The photo I did use is from the early 1980s of my daughter cuddling while I embroidered a quilt top.


I'm usually the one behind the camera, but when I saw what was sitting on the bench I had my grandson take my picture with our new friend and then took a picture of him too. I used the week 3 sketch from Let's Get Sketchy.

Friday, April 19, 2013

April Showers Bring May Flowers Blog Hop

Welcome to the "April Showers Bring May Flowers" Blog Hop!  

We're so happy you could join us today!  

 You should have arrived from Robin.  If you happened by my blog or are joining me from your dashboard, head over to Miranda's blog to start at the beginning.  We don't want you to miss any of the fun! 

We will be showcasing Spring like projects or projects with a rain or flower theme! In addition to seeing a lot of awesome creations, there is some blog candy available too.  Miranda will be giving away a gift card from either Michael's or JoAnn's (winner's choice).  To be eligible for the blog candy, you are required to visit each stop in the hop and leave a comment!  The winner will be announced Wednesday, Apirl 24th on Miranda's blog! 
I was hoping to make a layout of the spring flowers in my yard, but made this card as a back-up. Butterflies, flowers and green are my idea of spring.

Now you can hop on over to Sarah. Should you get lost along the way, here is the entire line up: 

Mary Ann -

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Kith & Kin

The colors for the challenge at Black with Two are black, gray and yellow, one of my favorite combinations. Sorry the picture is so light, but anything that appears white is actually my favorite pale yellow. What appears blue in the picture is actually gray. The photo is of my cousin and me - when I was 14.

Now for my secrets. The black butterflies on the right are because I'm left handed and got some of the buttercup liquid pearls from the yellow butterfly trail on the side of my hand and then left little spots on the right side of the paper, so those cover the spots. The title is kith and kin because I didn't have enough of the letter S to spell cousins.


The challenge at Frosted Designs is travel as is the challenge at The Paper Girls. Pictures are of the hills in the background and the trees on the side of the road taken from a moving car, south of Louisville, KY.  Sorry the picture is a little crocked.

In the car

I used the sketch from Let's Capture Our Memories and the challenge from The Paper Girls Challenge Blog (Travel) for a layout of my grandson in the back seat of the car on the way home from Kentucky. He thought my travel pillow was the dumbest thing, until he used it. He brought along his moose which he has had since he was two. The only time the moose makes an appearance is to go on vacation with us. Miracle he can still find it. In the third picture he had on my glasses and could only see out of the bottom part of the bifocals.

Friday, April 12, 2013

Vacation bound

I used the April sketch from Artful Delight  for this vacation layout. It has become a tradition to stop in Cadillac to eat whenever we go on vacation and this year's spring break trip was no different.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Beauty Below

I used sketch #1 from Paper Bakery Kits for this layout of Diamond Caverns. I also used the challenge from Use It Tuesday - Sticky Situation. I used a glue stick for most of this layout and thickers for the title. Everything is from my scraps and pieces stash.

Mammoth Cave

I used the sketch from Let's Capture Our Memories for this layout of my grandson visiting Mammoth Cave in Kentucky. There are 160 steps in that stairway and it was raining, so it seemed like a lot more.

Bird Watching

The challenge at Frosted Designs is to use scallops (the chipboard design) and the challenge at Berry7Bleu is to use flowers. While waiting for the tour at Diamonds Caverns we discovered a glass cage of little birds (canary, finches) and watched them for awhile. I used scrabble letters for the title and can't believe I didn't think to use them last month for a layout challenge to use wood.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Design Team Call - About a Girl

There's a new challenge blog call About a Girl Challenge Blog. They are dedicated to getting those photos of our girls scrapped! To help get off the ground and running they are holding their first Design Team call. The term will run for a 6 month period from May 1st to October 1, 2013.  Challenges will be provided to you well in advance.

Monday, April 8, 2013

Un-bee-lievably Cute

I found this picture of Charlie and then a couple days later saw this title and knew I had to use it. When Charlie saw the picture of himself he said "dang I was cute. Can't wait to see my children."

I used the sketch from Feeling Sketchy, the challenge from Connie Can Crop to use a pun and the challenge from Red Carpet Studio to use a frame.


I used the sketch from Paper Secrets plus the twist of using ribbon or trim. My grandson was having a good time at the Louisville Slugger Museum and talking like a pirate in front of the Pirates display.

Sunday, April 7, 2013

All Dressed Up

The challenge this week at Lasting Memories is childhood memories. My little brother would play dress up with me until he was about 2 1/2. Then he discovered soldiers and wanted to play army after that. Being my only playmate I gave up purses and skirts for stick guns and rolling in the dirt. I know you can't see it well in the picture, but the wall paper in my room was a hideous circus theme. Most of this is journaled on the tag on the right side.

I used sketch #107 from Sketches In Thyme. There is a design team call on their blog, so be sure to check it out.

Thursday, April 4, 2013


I used the April sketch from Creative Scrappers and the #5 Challenge to use cork from Scrap Your Story for a layout of me at the Louisville Slugger Museum. I am pleased that my grandson was able to get a few pictures of me instead of me doing all the picture taking. I felt the pictures and embellies would look good on a corkboard background.

World's Biggest Bat

I used the week one sketch from Let's Get Sketchy for this layout of my daughter and grandson in front of the World's Biggest Bat. We visited the Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory in KY over spring break.


We are asked to scrap about our greatest current or past challenge at Another Freaking Scrappy Challenge blog. I've had lots of challenges over the years and survived them all, so I picked a challenge from last week. While on vacation we visited a park that offered trail rides. Well, I hadn't been on a horse in about 45 years and my daughter hadn't ridden for over 20 years, but we both wanted my 14 year old grandson to have the experience so we overcame our nerves and went riding. My greatest challenge was just getting my leg over the horse. Needed help to both get on and off.


The challenge at About A Boy Scrapbook Challenge blog is to use chevrons. I used chevron paper to mat four of the photos of my grandson jumping into the pool while on vacation.

Monday, April 1, 2013

Sassy Raggedy

This is the candy Sassy Raggedy is offering her followers. Hop on over and see all the wonderful inspiration Joann has to offer.