Thursday, December 4, 2014


Enjoyed putting this together with some homemade patterned paper.  I love, love, love the stamps, mostly from Verve.  The little snowflake stamps came from a set years ago by The Scraproom.  Here is a closeup of the printed paper that I created:

What a dufus I am though! I printed out pictures for three challenges and just discovered that the color challenge that I used specifies that it is for a layout.  But, here is a picture that I used for my color mojo:
It's from Scrap our Stash.

For the general layout design, I used the Sweet Sunday's current sketch:

Lastly, I took on the Naughty or Nice Challenge to create a winter holiday card with a nice spin, giving it encouraging sentiments and a shabby chic design.  

I was hoping to make a set of cards today. I'm glad I finished this one in time to post today!! Not sure what I'll work on next but I wanted to create a few cards.

Hope you're all staying warm!  Thanks for the visit! Have a terrific day!!


Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Christmas Eve Tradition

Continuing on with some of my older photos, I created this layout for a "My Story" album series.  These pictures are from the early 1980's. My Great Grandmother, who lived to be 103, is featured in both photos.  However, the story that this page tells is of my family's Christmas Eve celebration meal tradition.  Growing up, the eve of Christmas was always the highlight.  We ate, sang, went to church and opened the presents after Santa brought them to our door.

These pictures were taken from my mothers condominium where I lived from 10th to 12th grade. Christmas' were scaled back and Santa no longer came to our door; but, the Christmas Eve dinner lived on, along with the sausage and apple stuffing and egg nog.  My story is always attached to the back of my scrapbook pages as hidden treasures for those who want to look deeper.

Strangely, I was moved by my Great Grandmothers dress in the bottom photograph and I sought out some blue to put together this Christmas photo story.  The base paper is an older Bo Bunny sheet.  It has nothing to do with Christmas. The blue on the eggplant colored cardstock came out from a bleach stamping project from a few years ago.  I just loved it with the base paper.  

To bring in some Christmas elements, I used papers and elements from Girls Paperie Tinsel & Twig, Making Memories Mistletoe and Basic Grey Jovial.  The tickets are from Simple stories Homemade Holiday.

I set out to do this page with the Scrappy Friends Challenges in mind:

Brenda features the sketch that I used at her site, Grand Diva's Creative.  I'm not sure what to write about my interpretation.  Other than using a horizontal photo and adding a few embellishments and the eggplant layers, I created a fairly literal translation.

Rochelle posted a Tic Tac Toe Challenge:

I used the middle row.  The only explanation I need, I believe, is for the doily.  I used Basic Grey's Jovial Doily paper to create the fancy snowflakes:

Lastly, I included Kelly's Word Challenge by using the word "Tradition" and telling the story of my Christmas Eve Tradition.

Thanks for coming by.  Hope to see you at the challenges.  Did I mention that they offer prizes? :)

Have a marvelous day!! Be blessed!!


Thursday, November 27, 2014


I lived in this house for 12 years.  Sadly, I think these are the only photographs that I have of it.  It was from a snow storm in the mid to late 1990's in Pennsylvania.  I used a fun sketch from Stuck?! Sketches:

Happy Thanksgiving to my fellow Americans!!

Have a very blessed day to everyone everywhere!!


Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Puffy "December Friends"

The fluffy, puffy friends, in the photos, only come out in December.  The design of the page was created using The Creative Sketch, November Sketch.

The papers and embellishments are mostly from past lines of Basic Grey and Simple Stories.

Thanks for coming by!  Have a super day!!


Tuesday, November 25, 2014

"Hello" card

Crazy4Challenges is celebrating World Hello Day with a challenge creating a "hello" card.  I tried to incorporate it with a Counterfeit Kit challenge to make a card that "pops".  Unfortunately, I couldn't find a way to use any of the scraps left in my kit.  But, I still wanted to make a card that "popped", thus my dimensional card.  

Being the first time trying to make a card like this and not taking the time to find a tutorial, I kept messing up my folds and scoring.  The card slightly warped.  But I still love it.  I cut the letters with my Cricut.  However, the blue/green cardstock was hand cut.  I vested so much into this card that I felt committed to my plan.  See the side view:
And, the messy back view that shows the slits and folds:
I'll definitely do better next time.  I had a eureka during the process -- finally! 

If only I had a few minions, I'd make dozens of these cards!!

Have a blessed day!!


Monday, November 24, 2014

Counterfeit Kits Blog Hop

    Welcome to my post for the November Counterfeit Club Blog Hop.  I am so happy to be here and thrilled to have refound my scrappy mojo.  However, I feel like it is taking me some time to become reacquainted with what I like in my layouts and what I don't along with my photography.  I'm still working on it.  Lifts have always been a favorite of mine.  Take a look at the original:

I chose Challenge #1 - Be Inspired by Pinterest for my hop post.

When I saw the original layout on Piniterest, it immediately got me thinking about how to use so many ingredients in my kit.  You can see my kit at this link if you scroll down.

Next on the hop is Julene's post at Julene by Design.  Below is the full hop.  Thanks for coming by.  Hope you enjoy the hop and have a fabulous day!!


Thursday, November 20, 2014

DPS Thanksgiving

Hello there! I finished another project with my Counterfeit Kit.  I used a terrific sketch that I found at GrandDiva's Creative Corner :
Brenda, (the GrandDiva), suggested combining it with her Scrappy Friends Challenges.  Rochelle has a fun Tic Tac Toe Challenge:
I went with the left vertical column; Fall Themed Layout, Arrow(s) and a journaling card, (which is a pullout):
Kelly posted a color challenge that worked for my pictures:

Color Me Scrappy has a similar palette with a "thankful" prompt:
Phwew! That's a lot of challenges! But, I love the result.  Thanks for all the terrific encouragement and fabulous inspiration ladies!

Counterfeit Kit Challenge is hosting a hop on Nov 24th.  I am looking forward to sharing my layout that I created for the hop then.

Hope you have a marvelous day!! Thanks for coming by!! Be blessed!