September 1, 2014

Our September Challenge is up!!

Stash Challenge # 18 ~ "Back to School"

It's September, which means, back to school, a new Sponsor, a new Challenge and a new
Guest Designer!!
Here's our  
September Stash Challenge 

" Back to School"
For this challenge you are required to shop your scrap stash for school supplies, create a layout and include the school supplies on your page found on the lists below:

(1) or more items from list A: 
Lined or ruled paper (striped paper does not count)
Chalkboard paper
Dictionary paper or a page from a book

AND…
(3) or more items from list B:
File Folder
Library Pocket and/or card
Pencil or pen
Paper Clip
Alphas
Numbers
Apple
Book
Ruler
Chalkboard embellishment

When uploading your layout, please list the items you used from both lists.
You can use additional items, and your layout does not have to be school themed. ·
- See more at: SCRAP OUR STASH !!

Happy Labor Day!

Hope you are enjoying your day off if you have it off...I celebrate Labor Day in a different way since 17 years ago, I brought this beautiful girlchild into the world (2 weeks early!!) TRUE LABOR DAY after a grueling 27 hours of labor!

 

August 31, 2014

weekend wrapup...

it's so much easier to catchup this way...hmm....last week was full of work, drs appointments, errands, back to school and Back to School Nights! Not much time at all for craftiness so, no layouts :(

I forgot to share the pics from the awesomely amazing class I took with Dyan Reaveley!
 
I'm hoping to incorporate some mixed media into more of my pages AND I hope to get some mixed media SMASH journals done sometime in 2014...and speaking of mixed media, I have always been a fan of the talented artist, Bekah Ash and it was divine intervention that I got one of her cards for my birthday.  So, I panted a canvas for my soon to be "made over" bedroom :)   I love her style & her creations and hope I "lifted" it in a good way...I am going to add a quote on the left side as soon as I decide which one I want to use; I got some good ones on the coffee/tea things they have at Starbucks! I might add more to the headdress part but am not sure.
Now that the kids are back in school, I am doing a fall re-do/cleanup-that's the only way to get rid of stuff is when the kiddos are not around...otherwise they want to keep EVERYTHING.  I just finished the girl's room revamp and am now about to start my own so I am hoping to find some colorful bedding that will do this canvas proud :):):)

August 29, 2014

Final call for August challenges!

don't forget to enter your  take on either of our August challenges at Scrap Our Stash this month!  Earlier I showed you my take on the Selfie challenge and now, here's my take on our August Sketch #17 by Brenda Ragsdale: 
75% of the product used to create your page must be from some of your OLDEST stash of paper and embellishments..the older the better. - See more at: http://scrapourstash.blogspot.com/p/current-challenges.html#sthash.JeAr0TKq.dpuf
 Complete a layout inspired by the sketch above, add it to our Linky party before 11:59pm (PST) tonight...and dig back into your OLD stash and use it on 75% of your LO...you know you have some really good stash!
AND...75% of the product used to create your page must be from some of your OLDEST stash of paper and embellishments..the older the better.
- See more at: http://scrapourstash.blogspot.com/p/current-challenges.html#sthash.JeAr0TKq.dpuf
Complete a layout inspired by the sketch above...
AND...75% of the product used to create your page must be from some of your OLDEST stash of paper and embellishments..the older the better.
- See more at: http://scrapourstash.blogspot.com/p/current-challenges.html#sthash.JeAr0TKq.dpuf
Complete a layout inspired by the sketch above...
AND...75% of the product used to create your page must be from some of your OLDEST stash of paper and embellishments..the older the better.
- See more at: http://scrapourstash.blogspot.com/p/current-challenges.html#sthash.JeAr0TKq.dpuf

Complete a layout inspired by the sketch above...
AND...75% of the product used to create your page must be from some of your OLDEST stash of paper and embellishments..the older the better.
- See more at: http://scrapourstash.blogspot.com/p/current-challenges.html#sthash.JeAr0TKq.dpuf
Complete a layout inspired by the sketch above...
AND...75% of the product used to create your page must be from some of your OLDEST stash of paper and embellishments..the older the better.
- See more at: http://scrapourstash.blogspot.com/p/current-challenges.html#sthash.JeAr0TKq.dpuf
my old stash 2012 Pink Paislee goodies!  
The ribbon piece and the chipboard were hanging around from maybe 2009??!! - See more at: http://scrapourstash.blogspot.com/2014/08/love-more-layout-y-dt-kate.html#sthash.idI4Sso3.dpuf

and don't forget our lovely prize from our sponsor!
 

August 20, 2014

Selfie Wednesday!

Since I was traveling, I forgot to post about my August 14th DT reveal on Scrap Our Stash for our August Challenge #17- a SELFIE Challenge!  Most of you know I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE selfies; they don't call me the Selfie Queen for nothing!!!   But this time, I actually Photobombed my daughter who was taking a Selfie of herself!  I loved how the snow looked in our hair AND this picture is important because I RARELYgo out in snow...After living in the Catskill Mntns in NY for a few years when I was younger, SNOW and I do not agree with each other !! Winters were pretty brutal there... I really dislike snow and so my husband has to do all things snow related (playing, shoveling, etc) while I stay inside and make yummy treats :)

I know......I know...give this girl the sun 365 days a year!!
loved using up my Heidi Swapp glitter die cuts!!!!

CKCB Sketch Challenge # 2

CKCB Challenge #2:  Use This Sketch from October Afternoon to take a bit of a crafting break.  Maybe stretch a bit by NOT using it for a card?
and again, I do not scrap chronologically and these pics are from a road trip we took to Louisville, KY maybe back in 2007???!! I'm terrible....

August 19, 2014

Finally!! some CKCB creations

Late late late but still in the game this month...as you saw earlier this week, I JUST posted my Counterfeit Kit Challenge Blog (CKCB) kit on Monday and I am off to a raving start!  I did 2 layouts! # 3 is almost done!

**I did add the Pink Paislee circle embell , the cardboard and the pearl not in the CKCB kit

trudging along Tuesday...but still creating!

Got more layouts done this week-Whoo Hoo! I had to destress since both kids are working my one nerve always tormenting each other!  Monday cannot get here soon enough I tell ya...I wish summer vacation was just a month-we'd cram in all kinds of fun in and then back to school it would be!
But anyway, I found time to create 4 more layouts.  The first one is for Make It Monday No 22 over at The Memory Nest.  I made it on Monday (LOL)
 

they have a sketch challenge up and even though I am the DT at SOS, I still love joining other challenges (but not that many, usually 1 or 2.)
and here's my take on Crystal's sketch...I admit, I haven't scrapped my birthday pictures from 2 years ago!! We had a semi-improvised photobooth with girls props and it was so much fun!  We (me and my girlfriends, about 8 of us) had just wrapped up when my family came home and so we convinced them to join in.  :):)

***All papers:  My Mind's Eye Lost & Found 3 (Ruby), embells: Heidi Swapp & Pink Paislee

August 18, 2014

What I Made Monday

found some scrapping time today and did some clean layouts....just for myself :)  I'm back to using plain backgrounds and just using up bits & pieces from leftover CKCB (Counterfeit Kit Challenge Blog) kits.  :):)

**linking up with Leslie :):)  @ The Memory Nest for Crafty Creations # 23

Counterfeit Kit*August***FINALLY

I know that it's the 18th and all, but I have been one busy mamma...so I finally found some ME time last night to finally grab some supplies & create my August CKCB kit.  This month's inspiration came from the Studio Calico Penny Arcade kit:
 
 
I knew I didn't have ANY of those papers, so I created my kit based on elements.  I grabbed Tim Holtz kraft papers that my sis recently gifted me, added in as many of  6 x 6 papers from American Crafts (Amy, Crate and AC), MME and Teresa Collins that had feathers, clouds, maps, prints and handwriting on them.  Added in some wood veneers and butterflies "just because: and some trims as well.
 
   I did have some doilies but I didn't find them until after I photographed the kit!  So, I did do my own add kit on as well but it was only color inspired (oranges, teal and black) by their add ons. Absolutely loved that mason jar full of ephemera that Laura gifted me for my birthday!
and since I started mid month, my kit is somewhat small.  I do hope to get at least 6 layouts done though! ** Will add background paper/cardstock and the doilies as needed.


August 17, 2014

It was a Great weekend filled with PAINT!

Traveled a bit north for a day trip....got to hang out with this lady, the divine AME (pronounced AIM) at her Pennsylvania store, PAGES IN TIME:


for two awesome classes given by none other than the SUPER DUPA talented Ms. Dyan Reaveley
I spent Friday journaling with inks and stencils and learning how to use rubber stamps in backgrounds.  Who knew that ghosting, painting, masking and more would be SOOOOO FUUUNNN???!!!!
I learned so much and as a non-stamper/inker, I am encouraged to add more to my scrapbooking and mixed media projects!  If you haven't taken a class lately, go outside your box and do something different!  Check the schedule at you LSS and try something new!
 
MY inking :):)
 
ghosting and bleaching were my favs :):)
 
  INSPIRATION from Dyan's journals!!!  SHE ROCKS!!

new stamps!!



August 12, 2014

Get in front of the camera!

strike a pose...or two ..or three!  You can;t worry about what you look like all the time...I am a big believer of #aleidaschallenge and so I am a HUGE lover of SELFIES
 "A selfie is a self-portrait photograph, typically taken with a hand-held digital camera or camera phone. Selfies are often shared on social networking services such as Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, and Tumblr. They are often casual, and are typically taken either with a camera held at arm's length or in a mirror."

"self·ie - a photograph that one takes of oneself with a digital camera or afront-facing smartphone, tablet, or webcam, especially for posting ona social-networking or photo-sharing website
- See more at: http://scrapourstash.blogspot.com/p/current-challenges.html#sthash.86sKrd2K.dpuf


"self·ie - a photograph that one takes of oneself with a digital camera or afront-facing smartphone, tablet, or webcam, especially for posting ona social-networking or photo-sharing website
- See more at: http://scrapourstash.blogspot.com/p/current-challenges.html#sthash.86sKrd2K.dpuf

"self·ie - a photograph that one takes of oneself with a digital camera or afront-facing smartphone, tablet, or webcam, especially for posting ona social-networking or photo-sharing website
- See more at: http://scrapourstash.blogspot.com/p/current-challenges.html#sthash.86sKrd2K.dpuf

"self·ie - a photograph that one takes of oneself with a digital camera or afront-facing smartphone, tablet, or webcam, especially for posting ona social-networking or photo-sharing website
- See more at: http://scrapourstash.blogspot.com/p/current-challenges.html#sthash.86sKrd2K.dpuf






These selfies were taken at my birthday getaway last month...and I could've edited them but I want you to get in front of the camera even on those no makeup days!  Your family will thank you! So on that note, don't forget that one of our August challenges at Scrap Our Stash is:
Create a layout using a selfie photo.  The photo(s) doesn't have to be "your" selfie… it can be anyone's selfie… as along as it's a selfie. :)  AND for the stash item, you must use a premade/packaged frame(s).
DUE:  JULY 29TH 11:59 PM (PST)
- See more at: http://scrapourstash.blogspot.com/p/current-challenges.html#sthash.86sKrd2K.dpuf
hop over to the blog for the deets AND the twist....this month's sponsor is Nani Ke Ola:
http://www.nanikeolascrapbooking.com/
who is gifting one lucky crafter this awesome prize:


Create a layout using a selfie photo.  The photo(s) doesn't have to be "your" selfie… it can be anyone's selfie… as along as it's a selfie. :)  AND for the stash item, you must use a premade/packaged frame(s).
DUE:  JULY 29TH 11:59 PM (PST)
- See more at: http://scrapourstash.blogspot.com/p/current-challenges.html#sthash.86sKrd2K.dpuf

August 11, 2014

tick tock tick tock...

As of last month, I am officially counting down till the big 5-0!  So I guess I'd better play catchup of all the older birthday pics huh? 

Since I have been traveling and I haven't scrapped in WEEKS, I grabbed my JULY Counterfeit Kit (CKCB for LO # 2) and scrapped a pic of me & the twin sis from last year.  If you recall, we are HUGE Nora Roberts fans and made a day trip to the charming town of Boonesboro (MD) for a book signing by none other....it was truly an awesome day!  And,  a great way to ring in 4-8 !!
                
I am not a stamper but I shall keep practicing thanks to the talented Jamie Dougherty!  I love her Bloom Girl stamps and am trying to incorporate them in my crafting!   Thanks for looking!

August 10, 2014

Weekend wrapup!

I have been MIA again but with good reason; I was on a road trip to Kentucky taking care of some family business :)  AND, for the first time, I mixed a little business with a little pleasure :) all while staying unplugged  :):) 
One of the things I did was actually pretty awesome-I did TWO bourbon tastings! One in Louisville at Fines Wines & Bourbon on Market St and the other at Woodford Reserves in Versailles (and it's so funny that they pronounce it "VER-SAILS")

 
definitely an acquired taste....very strong but very smooth....thanks to Paul @ Fine Wines and Terry @ Woodford for the history and the tastings!!

Did some shopping with my niece and sisters, went to dinner too many times, got to visit other family and am back home and back to the daily grind ....hope to do some crafting later today :):) 

July 31, 2014

Thankful THursday and a prize winner!

Thankful Thursday-thanking all my blog readers for always coming back,  lifting me up and leaving love and encouragement !
We had 59 entries for the SOS challenges this month and that's BIG considering how busy we are in the summer!  My randomly chosed winner of the $ 25 Gift certificate to Paper Issues
 July Prize
 is JULENE MATTHEWS!  Unfortunately, there was a small glitch in the link with the winner and so I will also send a little RAK to Heather (#33).
As always, thanks for playing with, creating with us and inspiring us!   Hope you'll play with us in August!


July 28, 2014

She's a "Charmer"

I'm up on the Scrap Our Stash blog today with our Sketch Challenge # 16:

I absolutely loved this sketch by our talented DT boss Rochelle; and I was just in the mood for some yellow and gold!
*read more about my LO here*
 
We've gotten almost 60 entries for our challenges this month and just a reminder that I am this month's sponsor!
One lucky winner will receive this:
You have until July 29th to enter!! Hop over to Scrap Our Stash and play along!
July Prize

July 27, 2014

SWEET SUNDAY

Finally got to celebrate my birthday last week and what better way to do it than to getaway with girlfriends! It all started with homemade birthday treats- the big sis baked me an awesome lemon cheesecake-SWEET~!  Not too sweet and it was simply perfect...
on this Sweet Sunday, just reminiscing about that perfect slice :):):)

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