Friday, October 28

Here's The Scoop!

I just LOVE this YUMMY layout of my granddaughter and I along with my daughter in-law-  taken this summer while we were visiting Amana Colonies in Iowa for the day. I also was at a Scrapping Retreat a week ago and won second place with this layout- I was so thrilled. The challenge over at Frosted Designs this week is to use food/candy on a project- so this is my DT layout titled Here's The Scoop!
 I used polka dot papers in the colors of pink, brown and white and lots of cardstock for all the Cricut cuts along with my Gypsy. I inked all the edges and used several pop dots. I then chalked the little ice cream cones and stamped the letters on them and added stickles to all the cherries on top. I used a precut die cut (see-thru)  with words  behind the pictures, which I cut out with my Cricut also in a scalloped circle shape.
 I did some doodling of the sundae glass and the small cones then chalked them with a little bit of color and  used brown paint and stickles for the chocolate chips on the ice cream. And added a pink spoon- just like the ones we used that day.
Well I glad you stopped by to see my project this week and hope to see your entry over at Frosted Designs-Fabulous Fridays to have a chance to win a wonderfu prize.  Happy Scrappin!

Tuesday, October 25

Fence Die Cut for SOUS

Here is a layout using my Cricut/Gypsy and the cartridge- Heritage- for all the cuts on this layout including the fences. I was visiting my daughter-in-law and granddaughter this summer for a few days and we went to Amana Colonies one afternoon. I really enjoyed the specialty shops and all the history in this little village. The best part of the day was going into the oldest working wool mill- and actually seeing them weaving rugs and blankets while we were there-very interesting and amazing at the same time. I just had to buy a wool blanket when I was there for myself.
The paper (kraft color) is by My Mind's Eye which I just layered on the pics with small white borders and cut out some places that we visited from a brochure and inked them with Tim Holtz distressing ink-" old paper". I then hand stitched with cream embroidery floss some x x x scattered on the poage. and journaled in the red barn cut in the middle of the page.
This is kinda a plain looking page- but I wanted it to look that way since life was so simple at  Amana  Colonies.
I will be applying this layout over at Stuck on You Sketches this week for using a fence on a layout.

Sunday, October 23

Open Sketch challenge by Sketches in Thyme

I love these open sketch challenges every month- and this is another one of my favorites. Of course its another picture of one of my dogs- I do have alot of pictures of them. My kids are all grown up and have moved away or are at college- So I have to take pictures of the spoiled girls (dogs). Well onto my layout that I did the other day of Jenna and used a sketch from my Page Maps 2 book. Even tho it is a 8 1/2 x 11 horizontal sketch I turned  mine into a 12 x 12 page- and only used one photo instead of two.

 I used Bo Bunny paper for the background and the layers of torn papers are from a 6 x 6 pack from KaiserCraft and My Mind's Eye also. I punched the circles out and heat embossed with some stamped circles on them and layered them on the side and 2 in the middle of the also heat embossed scroll circles and the flourishes with black powder. I wrote letters and dates on the circles for my little bit of journaling I did.
 I also used an acrylic overlay with a preprinted design in the corners over the picture and added black ribbon to the bottom and put some stickles in black on top of the ribbon. Then did some doodling on x x x's around the torn border underneath photo and on " Adorable " title tag.

Friday, October 21

Color Challenge at Frosted Designs this week

I thought this was perfect for the color challenge at Frosted Designs- This was taken back in 1991 of my daughter sitting in the middle of the pumpkin patch in her purple shirt. So that is where my purple color is on this layout- plus all the other fall colors for this great challenge this week.
 I used several papers and lots of stamping and fussy cutting of the pumpkins and leaves then I chalked them in several colors. I also added a few stickers for the saying & title- which I first dry brushed the cardstock with a cream paint then put on the sticker. I used a precut tag and inked the edges and tied on orange ribbon. The sunflower paper striped is embossed and is touched with some gitter -had to see in this photo. So be sure to stop by Frosted Designs this week with your entry for the color challenge- its so easy.

Thursday, October 20

A-Z challenge for Scrapbookers Anonymous

I love this challenge- cause it could be anything! So for the letter "C" challenge I have clouds and Cricut cuts (trees and clouds). This first layout is of my dog Izzy and the second layout is of  Jenna- I just love my dogs- American Eskies. These were taken this summer when I took the girls to the dog park and they just love going there and had my camera with me- which I usually don't take to the dog park on our walks.
 I used my Gypsy and Cricut to cut the trees and clouds out of cardstock and inked them and added some leaves to the trees and Flower Soft white to the clouds. Several different papers were used by Reminisce, Bella Blvd, Paper Salon, KI Memories and Recollections.
So I will be also applying one of these layouts to the Scrapbookers Anonymous challenge  to use DIE CUTS also. So one layout for each challenge- even tho they are both similar- but had to do a page for each girl!

Wednesday, October 19


I did a layout using the sketch from Frosted Designs- Sketch Along Tuesdays this week of a older portrait that my mother had and gave me a reprint of it. Its the only picture of my parents with 3 of their grandchildren back in 1990- before the birth of my 4th child/grandchild. So this is pretty precious to me and my mother since my father has since past away.
 With so many colors in this picture it was very difficult for me to choose papers- so I thought I would choose a Family words- for the background and some muted colored stripe paper, which I used a Martha Stewart border punch, stamped the Title family in black. I did some fussy cutting of the photo since I didn't care to have all the background showing.
I then added alot of handmade embellies to this layout which include the crocheted lace trim on the side, the doiley flowers with buttons attached and the Tulip Fabric paint for the hand drawn flourishes in brown.

Tuesday, October 18

I'm back from my Retreat....

I know its Tuesday and I said I would post some layouts on Monday- but been so busy and  I've been scrapping some more layouts since I've been back from my fabulous Scrapping Retreat this past weekend. I met some new friends and we had a great time and plan on going again in January- can't wait.
                             Here is a layout I did for Sketchy Thursday sketch challenge this week.
 I found some paper that already had some journaling done on it- the definition of Garden which is what the picture is all about. We made a little flower garden around our mailbox last ASpring and the girls (dogs) were there by our side helping. I realy like how the garden and the page turned out. I used my Cricut and Gypsy for all the cuts and an acetate overlay with pink flower and leaf design. I chalked some of the cuts and stamped the birdhouses. The windmill I really was glad to find in my Heritage Cartridge because we live in Windmill Creek Subdivision- so I had to put that on this page.
I will be posting all kinds of layouts in the next few weeks- because I've got my mojo back and been busy scrapping.

Friday, October 14

Fancy Trim Challenge for Frosted Designs

Here is my DT project this week for Frosted Designs Challenge to use fancy trim ...wasn't sure if this qualified as fancy trim at first- but I guess it does. I used some sheer blue and pink ribbon and tied two bows and used a Martha Stewart border punch and Cricut cut the TWO SWEET and added stickles to it for some bling on the card. Then I tied lots of pastel curling ribbon around  the basket and make two hang tags also one for each of the newborn twins- and on the back I put all the birth information for them.  I have a baby shower that I'm attending this week and thought this would work for this challenge at the same time. I bought the wooden hangers and painted them in pink and blue and added with white paint some dots and their names. I had fun decorating this basket for this happy occasion for one of my co-workers.

Well I hope you join in this weeks challenges over at Frosted Designs for some great prizes from our sponsors. I will be at a scrapbooking retreat all weekend and will be back Monday with all kinds of pages to upload- I'm so looking forward to get away and SCRAP.....enjoy your weekend also.

Wednesday, October 12

Here but not here....

     I just wanted to post a little something about my situation in my life for the past few months and the next few months to come...I am currently going thru a divorce which (took me by surprise) and its been a bit overwhelming and hard to deal with on a regular daily basis- so It's been abit difficult for me to concentrate and be creative. I have been on here everyday reading and checking out others blogs and doing my DT challenges - which I find relaxing and enjoy-but haven't been participating as much as I would like to be doing.
     Though -I have been preparing for a 3 day scrapbook retreat this weekend- which I know I need and this will (hopefully) get me motivated again to get back in my scrapbook room and put more energy into this craft/pleasure - which will help me out in the long run and get my mind off the negativity in my life right now. So hopefully by next week I will be posting all kinds of wonderful layouts that I will be creating at  this retreat- ( Heart and Soul Memories in Palatine, Il). Again thanks for taking the time to read this and I will be back on my own two feet soon... Here are a few pages/cards that I have completed- but not for challenges in the past few months and just have not uploaded them until now.

Again- thanks for stopping by and I'm getting excited about my retreat starting tomarrow- I'm all packed and ready to go. Hope you all enjoy your upcoming weekend and keep scrapping!!!