Monday, September 27, 2010

More Scary Wishes


Well...since the Halloween stamps were still out on my desk it was easy to grab those and use them for my card today. This sketch is this weeks sketch challenge on Taylored Expressions Sketch Challenge. I just love finding new sketch challenges to try! I'm almost to my card goal for this year...woohoo! Now to get busy scrappin'. I was still playing with CTMH Stamp of the Month Thriller and my new heat gun so I embossed again. Supplies: CTMH Stamps Thriller, Noted Backgrounds, CTMH CS Creme Brulee, Barn Red, Black, Olivia, CTMH Ink Barn Red, Creme Brulee, Versamark, CB Texture Die Swirls

Sunday, September 26, 2010

OOOOhhhhhh Olivia....


Today I opened some NEW Paper I just got --- CTMH Olivia and OOOHhhh yes it is OOOOHhhh SO pretty! I was busy, busy making Halloween cards today but I'm not quite done with September cards. I'll get them in the mail tomorrow and be ready for October and all the fun Halloween stamps I have. I need to get them out and get busy! These colors were from this weeks Colour Q but they were also just perfect as they matched the Olivia paper I wanted to use. The sketch is from this weeks Pals Paper Arts Challenge #61. Fun sketch, I'm sure I'll use it again! Supplies: CTMH Olivia, CTMH Ink Olive, CTMH Stamps Timeless, CTMH Shimmer Brads, CM Leaf Punch, CTMH Creme Brulee Ribbon

Showing Off Spook Alley


I've decided that from now on when I purchase a stamp set I'm going to try my best to use all of the stamps that come with the set. Too many times, I purchase a set for "one" stamp and many are left uninked...what a waste. It is also a helpful challenge to get out of my comfort zone. Today's card for H2H Sketch Challenge was my first step toward my self-challenge. Not sure I would have used these stamps as I bought the CTMH Spook Alley set for the Frankstein I thought was so cute! I used him last week so this week, I decided to use some of the other stamps in the set. The CTMH Hooligans paper is quickly becoming some of my favorite and I'm having a great time with both this set and the paper. Supplies: CTMH Hooligans Paper, CTMH Stamps Spook Alley, CTMH Ink Black, Pacific, Stickles, Misc Ribbon

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

It's Monday Mojo Time


and I found some tonight to get my card done! Very cute Mojo Monday 157 Sketch today, nice and simple. I love to get out this pack of paper as there's not too many ways to go wrong with basics. Of course it was also time to get out my favorite bird stamp from my CTMH Felicity set as it's been awhile...these are ready to fly. Supplies: CTMH Silhouette CB, CTMH Stamps Felicity, CTMH Ink Desert Sand, Bamboo, Black, CTMH Pearls, CB Swirls Texture Folder, Stickles Diamonds

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Another!


Ok, maybe my last post for today unless I finish my Scrap Challenge pages. Weekdays are usually very busy for me and with my computer being sent in for service this week it may just be easier to post if I get done tonight? Oh well, I did get more fun cards done, this one for the Mojo Monday 155 Challenge and it's also another one for the Pals Paper Arts Challenge for this week to do something Halloween inspired! I used another great stamp from the new CTMH September Stamp of the Month Thriller. Supplies: CTMH Sarsaparilla Paper, CTMH Stamps Thriller, CTMH Ink Autumn Terracotta, CTMH Bitty Sparkles, CTMH Black Brads

Already Scary!


Ohhh...
October and Halloween aren't even here yet and already I have some fun cards done for October. I'm not big into the scary side of Halloween but do like all the fun costumes, candy and craziness that goes with it. Sassy LiL Sketches had a fun sketch this week to use and I was thinking Halloween because Pals Paper Arts Challenge this week was all about using Halloween inspiration! I got the color idea from ColourQ Challenge. I thought the colors made a great combination for my scary stamping fun. It wasn't too hard for me to get into this groove as I just received the new CTMH September Stamp of the Month Thriller which had lots of fun stamps to choose from. I'm sure I'll have more from this set! Supplies: CTMH CS Black, Sweet Leaf, Barn Red, CTMH Stamps Thriller, CTMH Ink Cocoa, Sunset, Barn Red, CTMH Designer Ric Rac & Organdy White, CTMH Pearls, CB Houndstooth Texture Die

Thinking of You!


I had lots of Stamp and Scrap time to play this weekend as the boys all had plans. Lots of fun challenges and new CTMH Goodies to use! It was a fun time! This first card is from the Sketch at Christian Paper Crafts Sketch Tuesday . GREAT Sketch by my friend Jenn! The challenge at Cute Card Thursday - A Tweet and A Flutter was to use Birds or Butterflies on your card. Since I just recently used birds, it was time for butterflies. Not to mention that I've seen several pretty ones in my yard lately so it must be the season for them. This is also for the H2H Challenge this week to focus on sentiments. It was perfect timing because I just got this beautiful Stamp Set from CTMH Everlasting Life. Supplies: CTMH Cherry O Creative Basics Paper & Ribbon, CTMH Stamps Everlasting Life, CTMH Ink Tulip, Chocolate, SU! Butterfly Die, CTMH Pearls

Monday, September 13, 2010

Aahhhhh


Ever had one of those craftin' moments where the harder you tried, the worse it got? Well, this seems to be one of those layouts. I'm sure it will get better with a 2nd page but it just didn't come together like I envisioned. I used the sketch from Scrappin' Silhouettes. I'll be back in a further post with a 2nd page and see if that helps, LOL! This is for the L.O.A.D (LayOut A Day) Challenge #28 - Do a layout on love! I sure do love these guys! Supplies: CTMH Sweet Home, CTMH Heartfelt, CTMH Sweet Home Stickease

Grandparents Day



Yesterday (09/12/10) was Grandparents Day. Although my sons are older now and more into sending text messages versus writing their name on a card, I wanted to be sure to make my Mom a card. She knows this is my favorite stamp set right now so I wanted to be sure to use it. It also went with Cute Card Thursday challenge to use a "play on words". I also chose these colors for Pals Paper Arts Celebrity Color Challenge to use Olive, Turquoise and Yellow. I didn't have any true turquoise left but this was in the same family. The sketch is from Verves Anni-VERVE-sary Sketch Challenge. Unfortunately I was traveling that week and didn't get to play but saved the sketches because they were GREAT! Supplies: CTMH Veranda CB, CTMH Stamps Love Birds, CTMH Ink Olive, Creme Brulee and Juniper

Sunday, September 12, 2010

SCS Friends


L.O.A.D. (LayOut A Day) Challenge # - Use an Online Sketch. This sketch is from Sketchy Thursday Blog and worked perfectly for the picture I had of Kristin and me. I've been so fortunate to meet up with many of my SCS sisters in my work travels. I was especially surprised when Kristin said she was flying to Toronto with her hubby for his work. I had a meeting there so we coordinated the dates and were able to have dinner together one night. We laughed, talked and shared pictures, it was wonderful! Supplies: CTMH Bella, CTMH Just Blooms, CTMH Mini Chocolate, Brads, CTMH STamps Doodle Alpha, Make My Day, CTMH Ink Desert Sand

Scared Silly!


Woohoo! Majority of my Halloween cards are done! Don't you just love when I project comes together. As soon as I saw the Mojo Monday Sketch #155 for this week I knew it would be perfect for getting these cards done. I had to wait until my new CTMH Goodies arrived but this weekend was play time and my cards came out just great! Aren't these new colors AWESOME! Supplies: CTMH Hooligans, CTMH STamps Spook Alley, CTMH Ink Pear, Gypsy, Sunset, Black, CTMH Black Ribbon

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Good Old Summertime


about to be gone ... it's 60's and breezy here which reminds me that Fall is just around the corner. This summer we were able to get back to Michigan to visit family and spend time in our favorite place, Traverse City. This is such a walk down memory lane for my husband as he grew up there. It was so warm, sunny and beautiful greens and blues that day. We were checking out some of DH old adventure spots when he was 12 ... oh my! This sketch is from sb.com sketch gallery but I've looked and looked and now can't find the specific one I used. This is also day #11 for the L.O.A.D (LayOut A Day) Challenge. This is challenge #16, use song lyrics. These picts made me think of the song, "In the Good Old Summertime..." Supplies: CTMH Splendor, CTMH Splendor STickease, CTMH Tags, CTMH Heartfelt

Friday, September 10, 2010

Fathers Day Fun


For Fathers Day we wanted to do something fun that Dad would like. It was a beautiful day so we went for a drive up by the lakeshore. We saw on the news that the Sailing Ships were in town. We also went to the Rose Gardens and had a picnic from Subway. All-in-all, a perfect day! This is for challenge #23 - Treasured Family Times for the L.O.A.D (LayOut A Day) Challenge Supplies: CTMH Majestic Blue, CTMH Chocolate Brads, CM Large Circle Cutter, SU! Eyelet Punch

Thursday, September 9, 2010

My Favorite?


YUP...YUM! While I was pregnant with my youngest son I developed a LOVE for Coneydogs. I know, it seems crazy and I don't want to call it a craving because I still LOVE Coneydogs. My husband, bless his heart, faithfully took me every Saturday for 2 for $1 Coneydogs the 9 months I was pregnant. I still talk him into stopping when we have a chance to be back in Michigan. I just had to get some photos this last time we stopped by. My page was a scraplift from the SCS Featured Stamper and Scrapper Emily (aka Stampingout). Fun, fun! This is also for the L.O.A.D (LayOut A Day) Challenge #12 - Scrap a layout on a bad habit. Supplies: CTMH Grins and Giggles, CTMH Holiday Asst Buttons, CTMH Stamps Chocolate Alpha

Seize The Day!


I'm so happy it's Thursday already this week, I'm ready for the weekend! Lots of fun plans and I got spoiled last weekend having an extra day off. I was thinking Fall was late in coming to NE Ohio but this morning I saw leaves on my front porch so I know they're starting to fall. This made this weeks H2H Challenge even more fun because I wanted to use my leaf punch with the pretty color challenge they set up! I like these colors and I'm sure I'll be back with some scrap pages done with the same paper pack - Abundance - as it's one of my favorites! Supplies: CTMH Abundance Paper Pack & Cocoa Textured CS, CTMH Stamps Rustic Flowers, CTMH Something Spendid, CTMH Ink Honey, Autumn Terracotta, New England Ivy, Cocoa, CTMH Designer Ribbon Rounds Autumn Terracotta, CTMH Pearls, CB Dot Texture Folder, CM Leaf Punch, SU! Scallop Edge Punch

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Way Back When...


This pict brings back so many memories, not all good as the boys when they were younger sure didn't always get along very well. Fortunately as time has gone on, they've been able to grow into a relationship and now they're friends. Whew, I was worried for awhile, I know everyone kept telling me it would change. This page is a scraplift for the SB.Com Scraplift the Person Before You. The Gal I scraplifted had a GREAT Gallery to choose from! This is also for our L.O.A.D (LayOut A Day) Challenge #10 - Scrap a love/hate relationship, LOL! Supplies: CTMH You Rock Paper & Stickease

Truly Give


This card took me awhile because the challenge at Cute Card Thursday was to use material. Now I knew just the material that I wanted to use, it's been sitting in my stash, problem was I had to find it. I probably would have used lace if I had any but I didn't. I'm glad I finally found the fabric because it was just perfect for the card I had in mind. The sketch is from Christian Paper Crafts Sketch Tuesday. I even got to use Pretty Pins again...oooohhh! Supplies: Collectionz by Junkitz, CTMH Garden Green, Vanilla CS, CTMH Inks Garden Green, Olive, Hollyhock, Desert Sand, CTMH Stamps Treasures, Rustic Flowers, CTMH Designer Ric Rac, CTMH Colonial White Ribbon, CTMH Pretty Pins, CTMH Pearls, CTMH Bamboo Brads, CTMH Just Blooms

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Happy 19th Birthday Son!


Ahhh September 7 ... what a fun memory. Today is my oldest son's Birthday. He's 19 today and away at college. It's the 2nd time for me not to be with him celebrating, college always starts before Labor Day. It was only a phone call wish this year. Last year before he left we had a party. It seemed only fitting that I upload this layout from last year's party on his birthday this year. This sketch is from the July/August 2010 Creating Keepsakes. It's also for the L.O.A.D (LayOut A Day) Challenge I'm doing with my Scrap Your Stash Friends. This was for challenge #15 - Birthday Layout. Supplies: CTMH Blue Ribbon, CTMH Holiday Buttons, CTMH Blue Ribbon Stickease, CTMH Designer Ribbons, Amer Crafts Thickers

Monday, September 6, 2010

woohoo ...


Another AWESOME Challenge Blog ... How fun! I found Pals Paper Arts and they had a fun challenge for this week to use Pearls. I don't often but I have some so this was a great challenge for me. I was working on my H2H Fancy Folds Challenge card as well so this card has folds. Supplies: CTMH Perfect Day, CTMH STamps Life's Creation, CTMH Ink Sorbet, Tulip, Cocoa, CTMH Pearls

Born to be Wild!


These pictures have been in my picture box for over a year. It just wasn't the "right" time prior to this weekend, I guess. As soon as I saw these pictures I knew they would work for this sketch. This layout is from a sketch in July/August 2010 Creating Keepsakes. This is for the L.O.A.D (LayOut A Day) Challenge #1 - A Day In the Life. Day 6 for me, so far I'm keeping up! Supplies: CTMH Black, White, Cloverleaf CS, CTMH Emporium, EK Success Punches, CTMH Dimensional Elements Organic, Amer Crafts Thickers, CTMH Waxy Flax Brown, CTMH Stamps Sans Serif Capitals, Aspirations,

Sunday, September 5, 2010

2nd Page Same as the First


Oh...don't you just love it when a plan comes together! I really like this layout now that I have page 2 done. I think I also like it because it was such a wonderful, special time together as family. My nephew Ryan wanted so badly to convince someone to go around the block with him while he rode the scooter. It was 97 degrees and we all knew that he'd make it a quarter of the way and whoever was with him would be left carrying the scooter back home, LOL! He sure tried hard to convince JT it was worth the trip...The sketch is from Scrappin' Silhouettes 09. This is Day #5 of the L.O.A.D (LayOut A Day) Challenge - #17 - Do a layout that makes you laugh. This is also for SB.Com Quote Challenge. "The most treasured heirlooms are the sweet memories of our family." Supplies: CTMH Felicity, CTMH Stamps Serendipity, CTMH Ink Twilight, Cocoa, Desert Sand, Bamboo, CTMH Flip Flaps, CTMH Irresistables Chipboard

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Memories!


Ahhh...family moments! Those are the best pictures to scrap! These pictures make me smile as it brings back GREAT memories of our time in Floriday with family. I can clearly remember chuckling as I listened to Ryan tell JT why he was the "boss" and that as the "boss" JT would need to do everything he was told. Ryan was trying to convince JT that it was ok for him to go around the block and we all knew that it wasn't. LOL! This sketch is from the Sketchy Thursday Challenge for this week. It was perfect sketch for this! This is also my L.O.A.D. for day 4(LayOut A Day), challenge #9 Faux Stitching. CTMH Supplies: CTMH Felicity Papers, CTMH Stamps Serendipity, CTMH Ink Twilight, Cocoa, Desert Sand, Bamboo, CTMH Holiday Buttons, CTMH Color Ready Alpha

Friday, September 3, 2010

Day 3 -- Friends


Wasn't too long ago I had a business trip to Toronto. Of course, it was during one of the WORST snow storms they had all year! Although it added time to get there, I finally made it. The neat part was I had time that night to meet up with my SCS Friend, Kirsten. What an awesome time we had at dinner that night together. Fortunately, even though we sat at the table for several hours the waiter was still willing to take our picture. I used this weeks Scrappin' Silhouettes Sketch. This is also my page for Day 3 of our L.O.A.D (LayOut A Day) Scrap Challenge. I chose Challenge #3 Supplies: CTMH Perfect Day, CTMH Ink Tulip, Sorbet

Fancy Folding

















I received a card not too long ago that had a unique fold I have been wanting to try! It was the perfect time to put it together for the H2H Challenge. I made a couple different cards just to see what one I liked best. CTMH Supplies: CTMH Unforgettable, CTMH Stamps Aspirations, CTMH Ink Cocoa, Sorbet, Juniper

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Kiss the Cook!


It can never be said when we go to visit Mom (Grandma) that we'll be hungry! She always has plans for yummy food. Dinner is always an awesome event. This trip was no different. One of our favorites is when Darryl barbeques for all of us - Chicken and Ribs - Yum! This is Day 2 of our 30 Day L.O.A.D (LayOut A Day) Challenge for Scrap Your Stash. This is for #14 Scrap Something from your kitchen. Supplies: CTMH Sweet Home Paper Pack, CTMH Sweet Home Stickease

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

The First of Thirty?


This page is for the first day of our Scrap Your Stash September L.O.A.D (LayOut A Day) Challenge. It's for Challenge #5 layout about pets. I chose this stuffed Otter JT got at the Toledo Zoo. We had an AWESOME day at the zoo and on the way out, JT stopped at the Gift Store and purchased this little stuff guy. He just wasn't in the mood for pictures. Supplies: CTMH Emporium Creative Basics, CTMH Stamps Rustic Flowers, CTMH Chocolate Alpha Small,

It's THAT Time Again


Just sharing a scrapbook layout I finished up for a challenge at SB.Com. I sure seem to be good at posting at the last minute lately - ugh! Hopefully September will be better! I'm also playing in the Scrap Your Stash September LOAD (Layout A Day) challenge so hopefully this got the process started! It's been a few posts since I've posted a scrap layout. This one is timely as it was last time this year that I moved BR to OU. This year, he's already there for Football/Cheer Stuff but we're taking all his stuff down moving him on in Saturday. Should be less nerve-racking and easier this year...maybe? Supplies: CTMH Splendor

I've Arrived!

In my usual fashion, late but with a GREAT story to tell. I didn't join the bloggers of the world until now because what would I have to share, at the time, I didn't think anything...well...I've changed my mind. I do want to share with all my friends and family-- my thoughts, creations and ideas. So, welcome to my World.

We'll Live, Love and Laugh 4 Life together!

The View from My Window

The View from My Window
Looking out the Living Room Window I realized today was a good day to get those projects I've been putting off DONE! It was beautiful to look at but I sure didn't want to get out in it this morning! Good thing I was on vacation.