December 08, 2014

Tis the Season - Challenge Yourself #13

Hi everyone.

I hope you are all enjoying this time of year and are taking a minute for yourself to remember the true meaning of the season.  Sometimes, in the hustle and bustle of it all, we loose sight of the meaning of Christmas.

Challenge YOUrself #13: Traditions
What are some of your traditions for the upcoming holiday season?  Do you have an old tradition that you continued from childhood or did you start your own?  Tell us about it.  
Remember to include YOU in the photo :)

Be sure to check out the site for the new DT members.  They are amazing!

We have a lot of traditions at Christmas time.  The one that really stands out is something I did not have a picture of when I created this layout.  (I do now!)

My husband and I had only been dating a month when our first Christmas rolled around...  what do you get someone when the relationship is so new?  I don't remember what I got him, but he bought be a beautiful crystal dove ornament.  I treasure this gift and it is the FIRST ornament that goes on the tree every year.  We've added to the tradition by getting a "Baby's First Christmas" ornament for each of my boys and these are the 2nd and 3rd ornaments to go on the tree.  After that, it's a free for all...

I didn't scrap that tradition, but what I did scrap is a infamous
photo-in-front-of-the-tree tradition...

Enjoy and thanks for stopping in.

November 10, 2014

Celebrate - Challenge YOUrself #12

It looks like I forgot to schedule this one...

This month at Challenge YOUrself, you get to play along with a great sketch.  Check it out for yourself...  so many possibilities with this one.  Be sure to check out the DT designs for inspiration.  There are some talented ladies on this team!

Here is my LO with some detail shots...

I know what you are thinking... A Christmas LO?  Well, since they started playing Christmas carols the day after Halloween, I thought why not?  Hopefully it helps you get into the Holiday spirit!

I started with a little ink splatter and this great circle stamp I found years ago at one of the CKU events.  Do they still have those?

I'm trying to use up some older supplies, so I created a "use it or lose it" pile that sits right on my desk.  I figure that if it's within sight the chances of me using it is greater.  The red scroll and the *** border (rub-on) came from that pile.  Slowly it will dwindle...

Thanks for stopping.

October 16, 2014

High Energy - CMS # 72

I seemed to have lost a day...

This was supposed to posted yesterday, but sometimes life gets in the way.

These were some great colors to work with at Color Me Scrappy.  Very fall-ish and muted, which is right up my alley.

Have fun with it!

Thanks for stopping in!

October 08, 2014

Never Quit - Challenge Yourself #11

Challenge YOUrself did it again.  This month, you REALLY have to CHALLENGE YOURSELF!

I love that with this challenge, really have to think about what you are scrapping.  Finding the picture is the easy part.  Putting together a page with a title that goes along with this theme is a bit more challenging.  I loved every minute of it.

Challenge YOUrself #11: Scrap An Affirmation
Scrap an affirmation that YOU would like to attract into your life.
(Remember to include YOU in the layout)

We also have a great sponsor this month, so be sure to join in on the fun.
Thank You Paper Issues!!

So, here is what I came up with...

I knew I wanted to start with a white BG.  All the arrows are made of a bunch of scraps.  They were not popping the way that I wanted, so I inked them all.

And a few close-ups.

Added a little stitching and some embellies...

Another embellie and some thread on the other side...

Thanks for stopping by!

October 01, 2014

Dreams Come True - CMS #71

Check out these great Fall colors from Color Me Scrappy!  And combined with the sketch from Stuck? Sketches...  Let the creative juices flow!

Here is what I came up with...

We purchased a cabin earlier this year and it's a dream.  My husband can ride around on his tractor and make trails all day throughout our 80 acres!  He loves it!

I used my silhouette to cut out the circle with the wood grain.  I've been using it more and more and loving it!

Thanks for stopping by!

September 15, 2014

Share A Cup - Color Me Scrappy #70

My favorite time of the year.  It's hot chocolate season!!

Granted, I made this cup just for this picture, but when I asked my son if he wanted cocoa, he came running!  Apparently, it's his favorite time of the year too!

These color this month at Color Me Scrappy are scrumptious!  So warm and inviting!  Be sure to take some time, since the kiddos are back in school, and join in on the fun!

I've been searching and searching for a "cup ring" stamp, but have not been successful.  I guess paint on the bottom of my Mike's Hard Lemonade bottle works sufficiently enough! 


I've had this big ole flower FOREVER.  Using up my stash!

Thanks for stopping by!
Now, fix yourself a cup of cocoa and join in on the challenge!

September 02, 2014

Cool - CMS #69

I love these colors this time around at Color Me Scrappy.  Maybe because they are deep.  I struggle with pastels, so this is a nice change.

My page doesn't necessarily go along with the "Back to School" theme, but the colors are there...

We were at Epcot here in China.  I wanted to capture the tile work that existed on the walls and ceiling, but of course, my camera wouldn't allow for such an angle.  So, I took 2 separate pictures and pieced them together.

Thanks for stopping by!

August 07, 2014

Amazing - Challenge Yourself

I loved, loved, loved this challenge at Challenge YOUrself.

Challenge #9: Celebrate YOUr Age
  Scrap your age, right now, today!
{remember to include YOU in the photo}

Isn't it challenging enough to have to include yourself in the layout, but now we have to include your age...  really?  My tip for you, just go for it!

To be honest, I didn't know exaclty how I wanted to go about this challenge, so I sat on it for a month or so.  Then, last weekend, as I was scrapping with my friend Pam, an idea popped in and I just ran with it!

Here is what I came up with...

I love all the colors.  It makes it feel like a happy page.

Just the facts!

This was the hardest part of the page.  This is chipboard covered with paper.  The skinny parts are very flimsy and they just wanted to come apart so easily.  Filing the nooks and crannies took FOREVER!

Just another close-up!

Hope you enjoy it and find some inspiration.
Thanks for stopping by.

August 03, 2014

XOXOXO - Color Me Scrappy

Excuse me, but if someone could please help me find my mojo, I'd greatly appreciate it!

I'm not sure if it's summer or because we didn't travel anywhere exciting...  We've made multiple trips to the cabin, but that will be a before and after type album when we finally finish it.

You should check out the color challenge at Color Me Scrappy.

These colors are great, but to be honest, it was the picture that drew me in!  Ha!  A yummy margarita!  Maybe that will help with my lack of mojo!

CMS also has a great prize that is up for grabs this month. Definatley worth it!

A $50 GC from

You heard me right, so stop over and get your scrappy on!

July 07, 2014

Discover Michigan - Challenge Yourself

This was a great color palette to work with at Challenge YOUrself!.  To be honest, on my first look at it, I thought "YIKES".  All I could focus on was that lavender.  Lisa doesn't do lavender!

After I took a minute to breath, I started to focus more on the red and teal...  I also noticed how the photo was very soft and airy, so I thought that would be look I'm going for.

As a result, I came up with the following page!

This photo was taken on the shores of Lake Erie.  My mother-in-law rode our bikes across Michigan during the summer of 2013.

It was an awesome journey!  I saw parts of Michigan I've never seen and probably will never be able to find again!

Thanks for stopping by and leaving some love.

June 15, 2014

Wishes & Dreams - CMS # 64

Check out the latest challenge at Color Me Scrappy.  The twist this time around is to use a floral patterned paper.  Mine is a bit on the minimal side...

This color combo really reminded me of fall, but since it's June here in Michigan, I decided to go a different route.

This was in Toronto last summer.  Sawyer has a dream to see The Great Wall of China.  As we were walking the streets of Toronto, we came across this shop.

Needless to say, we got a bit of a laugh!

Thanks for stopping by.

June 07, 2014

Family Adventure - Challenge YOUrself #7

Check out the latest challenge at Challenge YOUrself.


Challenge YOUrself #7:  Oh Boy!
  Create a layout about YOU AND THE MALE(S) in your life.  
This could be your father, grandfather, husband, son, a furry family pet. {yes... we love our pets too}.
Remember to include YOU in the layout.


Since June contains Father's Day, I thought I would create a layout with my dad in it.  This is one of my favorite photos of us together.  We were at Kentucky Speedway not too long after my mom passed away.  He came to visit us at our new house and my boys were thrilled!

I used quite a bit of scraps on this LO.  It's kind of fun to look for pieces of papers that you don't have to trim or modify in any way.  For example, the star (which is really 1/2 a star) was just buried in the bottom of my scrap box... same with the orange strip.

A closer look...

The striped paper is the back of a sticker package.

I changed up my journal block a bit by adding some stamped words along with my handwriting.  I know not everyone likes their handwriting, so this is a creative way to add a bit of flair to it!

Thanks for stopping by!