Thursday, December 5, 2019

Elated 2 B Related Layout

I'm closing in on the last five layouts featuring photos from 2014, so here's one from Thanksgiving Day 2014. I already journaled on a previous layout about my hubby taking the kids to the park after dinner, so I decided not to include journaling on this one. I didn't have a good title in mind until I found the "related" sticker and, since the kids were having a ball with their cousin, the rest of the title popped into my mind. Love it when that happens!
Pen Pal Alphabet stamp set
Victory papers
Brown Diamonds paper (Paper Pizazz)
Chocolate ink
Autumn Large & Small Leaves die-cuts (MME)
Pear & Partridge PML card
Wood Grain washi tape
Blue enamel dots
Adornaments blue fibers (EK Success)
Mind Your Manners Fundamentals stickers (Bella Blvd)
Color Kaleidoscope sticker book (American Crafts)
Pattern: Sketch-n-Scrap #190

Challenges: The Library Challenges #47 (I was inspired by the color scheme, the brown plaid on one of the girl's dresses, the trees in background, the family theme, and by the idea of kids having fun outdoors).

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Christmas Lights Card

I'm busy designing Christmas cards for a class I'm teaching on Saturday at church, so here's another one. I started with a sketch from Stick It Down because I was intrigued by the ribbon strips across it. I first thought of using banners to highlight some of the phrases on the stamp I chose, but couldn't get it to look quite right, so I ditched that idea and came up with the strands of Christmas lights. My family never uses just one color of Christmas lights on the house or our tree, but I thought it looked better on the card!
Poster Tidings & Santa Claus stamp sets
Mistletoe paper
Cranberry, Garden Green, Black & White Daisy cardstock
New England Ivy, Cranberry & Black ink
Black marker
Silver & Xmas Red Stickles (Ranger)
Cricut Artistry cartridge: strings of lights
Cricut Artiste cartridge: ornaments
Pattern: Stick It Down December 2019 card sketch

Challenges: Retro Rubber Challenge Blog #125 - used Poster Tidings (2013) & Santa Claus (2013)

Monday, December 2, 2019

Peace on Earth Christmas Card

I've been busy creating cards for my cardmaking class this Saturday at church, and I thought I would share! For this one, I pulled out some Nativity stamps and created a little scene. I'm going to have some novice stampers at the class, so I didn't want to overwhelm them with techniques, but I thought they could probably handle the little bit of heat embossing required to do the star! I'm trying to keep the cost down so I used older products that I already had in my stash.
Glory to God & Everlasting Life stamps
Kraft & Pacifica cardstock
Chocolate, Pacifica, Black, Bamboo & Versamark ink
Gold embossing powder
Gold ribbon (from my stash, source unknown)
Gold Stickles (Ranger)
Pattern: Atlantic Hearts #345 (my vertical strip doesn't go all the way down because my sentiment is too big)

EMS Sketch 82 + All I Want for Christmas Layout

Today's post has a double helping of scrappy goodness! Not only do I have a brand new double page sketch for you to enjoy, but I was asked to be the December Crazy Cousin over at Double Trouble challenge blog. Please come out and play with either or both challenges! The sketch features 7 full size or slightly cropped 4" x 6" photos, and I embellished with gifts since I was doing a Christmas theme, but you could replace the gifts with hearts for Valentines, stars for July 4th, etc.

The sketch:
Tip: for piece A, choose a paper where the design orientation doesn't matter. That way it won't look upside down when you rotate it to use on the second page!

My layout:

And here's the super fun Double Trouble challenge:

WELCOME to Challenge #44 - Let the Troubles Begin! 


THING 1: Trouble Maker
says, "Wrap It Up! Not much time remains to have your holiday cards done in time for mailing. Look through your stash and create a project using at least one patterned holiday paper."

You can stop here...

OR, you can choose to include Twisted Sister's Optional Twist below. 

THING 3: Twisted Sister
says, "Well, we wrapped it up. Now... Let's Tie It Up! Include ribbon and/or bows anywhere on your project (using ribbon, die, stamp, digital image with bow, twine, etc.)"

This is an OPTIONAL TWIST but you will be awarded an additional chance in Double Trouble's random draw if you include this twist in your project.

AND Don't stop here... if you have included this twist with a Holiday theme you are eligible to enter Double Dare's Dare below. 

THING 2:  Double Dare 
says, "ArtsyStamper Digitals Challenge is celebrating 'Winter Holidays'. If your project has a holiday theme share your project HERE and earn an additional chance for our random draw prize."

Classmate Alphabet stamp set
Traditional Christmas kit (KI Memories)
Pixie, Topiary & White Daisy cardstock
Watermelon, Pear & Topiary ink
Black marker
Blush dot, Sweet Leaf Gingham & grosgrain & Topiary chevron ribbons
Cricut Simply Sweet cartridge: title
Cricut Artbooking cartridge: heart
Mini heart punch (EK Success)

Saturday, November 30, 2019

Blessings Layout

For these pictures of my kids and the dogs at the park, I played along with the Photos With Pets challenge on Splitcoast Stampers. We also had to use a diagonal, tear the edge, and use washi tape. This ended up working perfectly with my new sketch for December, so consider this your sneak peak until I post the actual sketch on Monday!
Sweet Leaf, Heaveny Blue, Honey and White Daisy cardstock
Honey ink
Black marker
Great Lengths stickers (CM)
Riley Rub-Ons & Chipboard buttons from the Love Elsie collection (KI Memories)
Lagoon baker's twine
Lagoon washi tape
3-D foam tape

Friday, November 29, 2019

London Supreme Court Layout

I'm switching back to London vacation pages for the moment since I wanted to complete a travel themed challenge over at Splitcoast Stampers. This building looked medieval yet when I looked it up, it was actually completed in 1913 - go figure!
CTMH Fall 2019 Mix-In, For Always & Buzz and Bumble papers
Sky & white Daisy cardstock
Sky, Sapphire, Sunset & Black ink
Black & Sky markers
Grey Wool baker's twine
Black embroidery floss
MAMBI Sticks Our Adventure epoxy stickers (MAMBI)
Say Cheese III enamel dots
Cricut Artbooking cartridge: banner
Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge: tag
Pattern: Sketch-n-Scrap #65

Challenges: Heart 2 Heart Black Friday (this one seemed pretty open to interpretation, so I went with lots of black products); The Library Challenges #46 "The Sewing Machine" (I was inspired to sew on my layout)

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Snow Monster Smash Layout

Earlier this year I created several layouts in which my daughter was wearing an Elsa (from Frozen) costume, so I was kinda over Frozen, even though I still had more photos to scrap. A couple of things reanimated my creativity this week: a glitter + snowman challenge from Double Trouble, and finding a partially used Frozen sticker book when I deep cleaned my daughter's room. She's pretty much out-grown Frozen, so she let me have the book and I was able to use a few stickers on this layout, so hooray for recycling! FYI: I've been ask to be a guest designer for Double Trouble for the month of December, so be sure to check back Monday to see my Double Trouble inspired layout.
Friendship Alphabet Small stamp set
Glitter & Watercolor papers (Recollections)
Dotty for You papers
Lagoon & White Daisy cardstock
Lagoon & Grey Wool ink
Lagoon baker's twine
Frozen sticker book (Innovative Designs)
Snowflake punch (EK Success)
Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge: Monster, scalloped border, circle tag
Pattern: Scrap Our Stash November Pick a Side challenge (I chose the left side)

Challenges: Double Trouble #43 Bring on the Glitz (Things 1 - glitter paper, sticker & dots + Thing 2 - play along with Cupcake Inspiration's snowman theme + Thing 3 - snowman)

Sunday, November 24, 2019

Thanksgiving 2014 Layout

Fun photos with family at our Thanksgiving feast in 2014. Not sure I'm loving the turkey die-cut. It feels like I should have put a platter under it rather than letting it hang out in space that way! Oh well, I don't think there would be room so you'll have to put up with the flying turkey on this layout - LOL.
It's Your Day, Alphabet Solos T & Feel So Blessed stamp set
Grace papers
White Daisy cardstock
Barn Red, Bamboo, Cocoa, Honey & Twilight ink
Brown marker (Zig)
ShinHan Touch Twin marker
Cocoa grosgrain ribbon
Cocoa embossed metal photo corners
Say Cheese III enamel dots (Simple Stories)
3-D foam tape
Scalloped circle punch
Cricut Artiste cartridge: Thanksgiving
Cricut Autumn Celebrations: turkey (edited in Cricut Design Space)
Pattern: Sketch-n-Scrap #189

Challenges: Lasting Memories #474 - floral patterned paper

Friday, November 22, 2019

Family Ride Layout

I hadn't yet broken into the Hawthorne paper pack that I ordered from CTMH last month, but it seemed the perfect match for these photos! Love the fun patterns in this pack, and I played along with a bunch of challenges (see below) to accessorize these photos of a family bike ride at Bonelli Park.
It's Your Day & Alphabet Solos T stamp sets
Hawthorne papers
Sage, Sapphire, Chocolate & Colonial White cardstock
Sapphire, Vineyard Berry, Toffee & Almond ink
My Crush Wildwood Assortment journaling card
Canvas Badge Button
Stargazer enamel dots
Wood grain washi tape
Outdoor Denim baker's twine
Family tag (from my stash)
Pewter heart brads (from my stash)
Brass heart stencil (Dreamweaver)
Cricut You Are Here cartridge: title
Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge: circle tag
Cricut Artistry cartridge: bird on branch
Pattern: Scraplift of SuzanneG's All You Need Is Love layout from
Challenges: Heart 2 Heart Attitude of Gratitude; Lasting Memories #473 - plaid patterned paper; The Paper Girls #188 - Family (already did this challenge once but the title worked perfectly); Scrap With Stacy November 2019 Photo Inspiration (I was inspired by the bike rider!)
Retro Rubber Challenge Blog #124 (I chose the top row across with metal brads/metallic title, bicycles, and 3 patterned papers. My stamp sets are It's Your Day {2012}for the the bicycle and "life is good" sentiment, and Alphabet Solo T {2009} for the "Thankful" sentiment.)

Monday, November 18, 2019

Fall 2014 Layout

I don't have much call for falling leaves layouts here in Southern California (palm trees don't lose their leaves - LOL!), so my supply of fall themed paper and embellishments is quite small. I had to deep dive into my stash to find some leaf paper scraps to use on this fall themed layout. Even though there aren't any leaves on them, the photos were all taken in fall, so that inspired my title. I also tried a little mixed media on this layout, with stamping, paints, and embossing. It's not my forte, but hopefully it looks okay!
November Word Puzzle, Diverse Backgrounds & Canvas Art Workshop stamp sets
Leaf paper (from my stash)
Almond cardstock
Barn Red, Cashmere, Saddle & Versamark ink
Gold embossing powder
Fall Leaves Accessory Kit (Amscan)
Chocolate Brown leather stickers (All My Memories)
Anita's earth Brown acrylic paint
Mocha Opaques pearls
Pattern: EMS Sketch 62
Challenges: The Paper Girls #188 family theme (since my photos were already family themed, I was inspired to dig out the tiny "Family Fun" stamp and use it on this layout); The Studio Challenges mood board inspiration (I was inspired by the fall color scheme, the leaves, the gold embossed book cover, and the texture of the brown sweater)

Friday, November 15, 2019

EMS Sketch Challenge 81 + Football Fans Layout

I didn't get around to creating a double page sketch earlier this month, but I did manage to get creative and designed this single pager with space for three uncropped 4" x 6" photos. I kept my sample pretty close to the sketch. Thanks to my hubby who wrote down the details of this event so I could journal on the layout. I never go to these games so it was great to have a first hand account! Remember, if you use the sketch, please post a link in the comments section below so I can check out what you did with it.

The sketch:

My layout:
Illustrated Alphabet stamp set
Celebrating Freedom Pinwheel & Patriotic papers (Bo-Bunny)
Sapphire, Chocolate & White Daisy cardstock
Sapphire & Cranberry ink
Black marker
Red Pearls
Cricut Artbooking cartridge: title, football
Challenges: Lasting Memories #472 striped paper

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Dad & Me Layout

I had a few miscellaneous photos of my little ones with my husband, so I cropped them and used them to create a layout about a daddy's love for his children. The journaling is from George Strait's song "Love Without End, Amen" and it perfectly expresses my husband's love for these children, even during the difficult adjustment phase when they were first learning to call him Daddy.

Wide Journal Block stamp set (Scrappy Cat)
CTMH Fall 2019 Mix-In papers
Color Kaleidoscope papers (American Crafts)
Hydrangea ink
DE Monograms "D", "A", "M", "E"
Milepost Shapes
Narratives by Karren Russell chipboard (Creative Imaginations)
Color Kaleidoscope Puffy Thickers - Phrases & Icons (American Crafts)
Pattern: Stick It Down November 2019 Single Page Sketch - I rotated the sketch to the left and replaced the swags with parentheses and patterned paper strips.

Challenges: Lasting Memories # Polka Dot patterned paper; The Paper Girls #187 Mixed Up Manufacturers (I used products from CTMH, American Crafts, Creative Imaginations, and Scrappy Cat)

Monday, November 4, 2019

Trunk or Treat 2014 Layout

This layout finishes up the last of my costumed photos from 2014, and there were lots of them! I kept this layout kinda simple, but I did create the title in Cricut Design Space by modifying a pre-done title that said Trick or Treat so that it said Trunk or Treat. The kids got candy at every decorated car trunk at this event, which meant they took home lots of candy, so I went with a candy theme rather than a spooky Halloween or costume focus.
Jeepers Creepers papers, stickers & shimmer die-cut
Black, Gypsy, Lagoon & Clover Meadow cardstock
Gypsy, Lagoon & Clover Meadow ink
Black marker
Lagoon enamel dots
Cricut Artbooking cartridge: title, candy
Pattern: EMS Sketch Challenge 2
Challenges: Bitten By the Bug fall holiday (obviously I chose Halloween); Heart 2 Heart Full Circle (if you include the enamel dots, there are a bunch of circles on this layout!)

Saturday, November 2, 2019

Finding Our Tree Layout

I was asked to be a guest designer this month over at The Joy of Sets (see the tic-tac-toe grid below), and I decided to go with the top row for CAS (clean and simple), winter, and heat embossing. Clean and simple can look really dramatic on a card, but for a scrapbook layout, you have to get it just right or it looks boring. Hopefully the winter scene struck the right balance, and I certainly had fun using my Versamark pen and white embossing powder to add snow to the trees and title! The challenge goes to the end of November, so please pop on over and play along.
Trinity Alphabet stamp set
Red plaid paper (CM)
Carolina, New England Ivy, Pacifica & White Daisy cardstock
New England Ivy ink
Black marker
Versamark pen
White embossing powder
Natural hemp
Liquid Glass
Cricut Artbooking cartridge: trees
Cricut Here & There cartidge: car
Challenges: Joy of Sets #11

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Not So Awesome Injury Layout

For these pictures of my son's broken elbow, I wanted to play along with Lasting Memories icon paper challenge, so I pulled out one of CMTH's Something Fierce papers that has everything from dinosaurs to ice cream cones on it. I combined it with a sketch from Sketches in Thyme and the big "awesome" title, which I took in a completely different direction than most people would!

Update: This layout was picked as a top three for Sketches in Thyme - woohoo!

Something Fierce & I Heart Us papers
Raspberry, Bluebird & White Daisy cardstock
Bluebird, Carolina, Canary, Clover Meadow & Raspberry ink
White gel pen (Sakura)
Slate washi tape
Color Kaleidoscope stickers & puffy stickers (American Crafts)
3-D foam tape
Cricut Artiste cartridge: subtitle
Pattern: Sketches in Thyme #394

Challenges: Lasting Memories #469 icon paper; Heart 2 Heart anything goes

Saturday, October 26, 2019

Carnival Fun 2014 Layout

Between using a few of these photos last year for my daughter's school album and some more for a layout of the kids in costume, I feel like I've scrapped these photos a lot, but I think this is my last time! I scraplifted a layout from and played along with several challenges for inspiration.
You're My Happy, Art Philosophy Seasons & Express Postage stamp set
Trick or Treat double sided paper from my stash
Creme Brulee, Lilac Mist, Sunset, Canary & White Daisy cardstock
Sunset, Lilac Mist and Greg Wool ink
Black marker
Sunset twine
Sunset metal tag
Orange eyelets (Making Memories)
Cats & Bats enamel dots
Field Notes Ephemera (American Crafts)
Cloud edge scissors (Fiskars)
Artistry cartridge: pumpkin, arrow
Challenges: Bitten By the Bug Pumpkin theme; The Studio Challenges one piece of patterned paper (mine was two sided, so I used both sides); Use Your Stuff #379 tic-tac-toe (I chose the enamel dots, metal and stamp column plus the enamel dots, arrow, and blue row)

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

EMS Sketch Challenge 80 + Capture Layout

I meant to post this yesterday but was having trouble finishing my sample page. However, better late than never, and you can use this any time, so enjoy! For these photos taken at our city's Public Safety Open House, I thought it was appropriate to use the title "Capture," especially since my son posed in the (fake) jail cell. I was inspired by Adeline Hill's song "Moments to Memories," where she says "time is moving faster than ever" and we need to capture those moments before they are just memories.

The sketch:

My layout:
Fall 2019 Mix-In paper pack
Sapphire & French White cardstock
Sapphire, Saffron & Juniper ink
Black marker
Color Kaleidoscope Puffy Thickers - Phrases and Icons (American Crafts)
Color Kaleidoscope stickers (American Crafts)
Let's Go Tidbits (Chic Tags)
Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge: scalloped border
Challenges: Double Trouble #41 - Thing1 = Halloween colors (I used blue, green, and yellow) + Thing 2 = play along with Crafting Happiness #19 Halloween colors (I used the colors but not the Halloween theme) + Thing 3 = include something that flies (birds); Heart 2 Heart use the color Julep (fun new color for me!)

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

So Fun {Public Safety Open House} Layout

My husband took our three boys to this annual event in 2014. It's hosted by the city fire department in order to reach out to the community regarding public safety. He took a ton of photos, so I'm  scrapping a few and putting the rest in photo storage pages. Here's my first traditional page for this event.
Jennifer's Hand Alphabet stamp set
Whippersnapper Argyle & stripes papers (Rusty Pickle)
Kraft cardstock
Indian Corn Blue, Sapphire & Ruby ink
Moonstruck marker
Ruby chevron ribbon
Bamboo arrow photo turn & brad
Silver mini brads
Whippersnapper fire engine sticker (Rusty Pickle)
Color Kaleidoscope sticker & Thickers (American Crafts)
Say Cheese stickers (Simple Stories)
Pattern: October sketch challenge #4
Challenges: Lasting Memories #468 word challenge - include a product for each letter of the word CRISP
C - chevron ribbon, Color Kaleidoscope Thickers
R - Rusty Pickle paper and sticker
I - ink
S - Simple Stories Say Cheese stickers, stamps
P - photo turn

Sunday, October 13, 2019

Blessed Layout

Even though several of the kids are squinting at the sun, I still love this picture because it's the first posed one we have of us as a family of six. I used words from Martina McBride's song "Blessed" as my journaling. It expresses my feelings towards my family and all God has given me quite well!
Victory papers
Outdoor Denim, Olive, Goldrush & Colonial White cardstock
Outdoor Denim, Olive, Goldrush, Bamboo & Chocolate ink
Outdoor Denim marker
Cork Color-Ready alphabet stickers
Floret Just Blooms paper leaves
Burlap ribbon
Bronze Magic Mesh
Olive frame
3-D foam tape
Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge: hearts
Cuttlebug Swiss Dot embossing folder
Pattern: The Studio Challenges

Challenges: Heart 2 Heart Fall challenge (with Fall being a season of gratitude, I went with a theme of counting my blessings); Joy of Sets #10 (I used the top row across with paper leaves, burlap ribbon, and bronze Magic Mesh)

Friday, October 11, 2019

Beware These Costumed Cuties Layout

This layout came together so quickly! Since I had already struggled with two layouts featuring the bright blue Elsa dress, I decided to just not stress about matching it and go with Halloween colors. Three challenges gave me great ideas for items to add to the layout, and thanks to my hubby for helping me decide the pressing question of one vs. two big bats!
Spellbound papers
Watercolor paper (Recollections)
Black, Slate & White Daisy cardstock
Black, Whisper & Orange ink
ShinHan Touch Twin markers
Black photo hanger & brad
Black grosgrain ribbon
Black enamel dots
Jeepers Creepers Complements chipboard
Color Kaleidoscope sticker (American Crafts)
Dymo Label
Cricut Artbooking cartridge: title, moon, fence, crow
Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge: tag
Pattern: Scrap Our Stash October Saturday cartoon inspired sketch challenge

C - Cricut die-cuts (moon, title, fence, crow, tag)
A - arrow
S - stars & sticker
P - photo hanger
E - enamel dots
R - ribbon
Challenges: Bitten By the Bug Crows, Scarecrows, Sunflowers (I went with the little crow sitting on the fence); Use Your Stuff #377 Labels (I went with a different type of label by adding a Dymo label I embossed using my label maker - hope that's okay for this challenge!)

Thursday, October 10, 2019

The Sweetest Besties Layout

My daughter and her cousin were born only weeks apart, and they have always been the best of friends, so it's a delight when these two sweeties get to have a sleepover. Making cupcakes was a bonus!
Cutie Pie Stamp set
Watercolor paper (Recollections)
Molly Sparkle & Shine and Sketch With Style papers (Bella Blvd)
Canary, Lagoon & White Daisy cardstock
Canary, Lagoon, Pixie & Black ink
Black marker
ShinHan Touch Twin markers
Shimmer Brush
My Crush Best Day Ever Assortment journaling card
Molly Treasures & Text stickers (Bella Blvd)
Escape the Ordinary Thickers (American Crafts)
Flamingo Dots
Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge: scalloped circle
Confetti embossing folder
Pattern: Sketch-n-Scrap #186

Challenges: Retro Rubber #121 Tic-Tac-Toe (I chose the diagonal row for die-cut, embossing, floral. My stamps are the title and the cupcake from the Cutie Pie set from 2014)

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

A Promise for a Princess Layout

The local shopping plaza offers carriage rides, and we had a lovely time taking my daughter, all dressed up in her Elsa costume Grandma made for her! This layout was challenging to create because I couldn't find just the right papers to use with the Elsa blue and my son's green shirt, but I finally purchased some glitter and watercolor papers and combined them with some really old pastel vellum from my stash. Hopefully you enjoy the result!
Elegant Script & Frame Flair stamp sets
Glitter & Watercolor papers (Recollections)
Pastel Vellum (Paper Pizazz)
White Daisy cardstock
Star Spangled Blue, Black & Juniper ink
Glitter Embossed Snowflake stickers (Recollections)
Sticko Classic Snowflake stickers (EK Success)
Color Kaleidoscope Thickers & sticker book (American Crafts)
Blue Rhinestones (Recollections)
Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge: title die-cut
Pattern: EMS Sketch Challenge 47
Challenges: Lasting Memories #467 Torn Edges ( I tore the edges of the vellum for a subtle effect)