Layout: Christmas in Texas

Christmas in Texas ain’t Christmas without TAMALES! Yummy!!! Tamales are year round, but they are extra special (in my opinon) during the Holidays. My fellow Texans know what I’m talking about. When you bite into a fresh, hot tamale for the first time during the Holiday Season, they just melt in your mouth. Mmmm…my mouth is watering just TALKING about it! LOL

With that said, here is my layout, about our Christmas Tradition:

Christmas in Texas

And its based on the sketch #105 from Sketchabilities


I had a lot of fun with this layout. I used some older SEI papers (Holiday Cheer) and the die cuts were perfect for make the fun banner. Added mist from Tattered Angels and a few stamped snowflakes and buttons from my stash.

I also submitted it to ACOT’s December Guest Designer’s Challenge – “Year in Review”. You were supposed to select a challenge during the past year that you had not completed. I usually do most if not all challenges, but there was one that I actually did not get to do. And that was October’s “Christmas Challenge” where you are supposed to scrap about what is unique about your state/country during Christmas.

Thanks for looking! 🙂

Layout: O Christmas Tree

I know its been a while since I’ve posted anything scrappy related, but with the holidays, its kind of hard to get anything creative done. However, my hubby and I actually got our Christmas shopping done yesterday and I finished the wrapping today. Last week I baked Christmas cookies and mailed off the cards/packages. So now, until Christmas Eve, I get to PLAY! 🙂

With that said, I did this layout featuring our “little” tree for the year. The photos are the “stages” of our tree – bare, lights, garland, and ornaments.

O Christmas Tree

The design is based on Nuts About Sketches Week 295 Sketch:

295 - 1 Due Dec 8

I am submitting this layout to a couple of challenges. One is for the Sketch-n-Scrap Online Crop they had last weekend. Its for the First Challenge – BINGO. I chose the second row across – season, buttons or flair, multiple photos, three patterns and wood.

The other challenges are over at ACOT. The Music Challenge was to use a Christmas song as your title, and use part of a lyric on your page. I chose the song “O Christmas Tree” and the lyric is at the bottom – “There’s only splendor for the sight.”.

I also submitted this layout to ACOT’s Christmas Challenge. This challenge is very similar to the Music Challenge, as you need to use a Christmas song as your title, but you also need mixed alphas (which I used chipboard alphas for my title; mini alphas for the lyric) and bling (I used rhinestones in my ‘sprinkle’ in the corner paired with wood veneer flowers).

I used Bo Bunny “Mistletoe” papers and my embellishments are as follows:

  • wood veneer flowers – Studio Calico
  • rhinestones, buttons – The Paper Studio
  • chipboard alphas – Basic Grey
  • solid cardstock – Bazzill
  • mini alphas – My Little Shoebox

Thanks for looking! 🙂

Layout: My 2 Boys

Let’s Get Sketchy kicked off December with the most versatile sketch I have ever seen! You can rotate it and make it your own – the combinations are unbelievable!

Dec Wk1

With that said, I flipped the sketch upside down and this is what I came up with:

My 2 Boys

My husband giving Jeffrey back and belly scratches. Cute huh! I used Queen & Co pattern paper, chipboard and washi tape and other items from my stash to polish it off.

I also submitted this layout to ACOT’s “What’s on TV?” Challenge – where I had to use photos of only males and 2 1/2 circles (based on the show – Two and a Half Men).  My circles are the “Bow Wow” die cut, the “Top Dog” metal charm and the half circle of pattern paper.

Thanks for looking!



Layout: No Bones About It

The moment Sketch-N-Scrap posted their 1st sketch of the month, I fell in love with it! It is so versatile, allowing you to make it your own. Will definetly be using it again!

Here’s sketch #46

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And here is my layout:

No Bones about it

Its featuring my parents’ dog, Little Bit, chewing on the big big bone from last Christmas. The brads and ric rac is from my stash, and the pattern papers, alphas, and tag is from Basic Grey. Mist is Studio Calico.

I also paired it with ACOT’s Supply Challenge this month. The hostess gives you a list of 10 items, and you must use at least 5 of them on your layout. For December, she is allowing us to go back to a month she previously posted – but here’s the twist: The month would be your BIRTHDAY month! My birthday is in January, so I used January 2013 Supply Challenge.  I chose mist, squares, hexagon, alpha stickers and ric rac.

Thanks for looking!

Layout: I Love My Bear

When I saw ACOT’s “Graphic Design” Challenge – using only rich, jewel tones against a white background – I knew I would probably use this sweet picture of Bear. She is so cute, at 88 lbs, on the bed, snuggling with her Best Friend Teddy Bear. And Sketchabilities newest sketch was PERFECT to accommodate this picture with all the papers and fun embellishments I used.

Here is my layout:

I Love My Bear

And #103 Sketchabilities Sketch

#103 Sketchabilities

I used quite a bit of different brands from my stash to create my layout. The glittered cardstock papers are by DCWV. Washi tape is Love my Tapes. Veneer triangles are Studio Calico with the purple mist from Clearsnap. Flowers are from KaiserCraft and the large purple gems are by Pink Paisley. The butterflies are made using my Marth Stewart Butterfly Punch, with the bling from Zva Creatives. Alphas are by Sassafrass Lass.

TFL! 🙂

Card: Thanks a Bunch!

Sketch-N-Scrap has a fantastic card sketch this month – perfect for any occasion. Pairing it with ACOT’s Card Challenge (a thank you card or thanksgiving card), the design was perfect for a simple card that I can keep in my stash and use it when the need arises.

Card Sketch #13


And here is my take on it.

Thanks a Bunch!

I loved the different layers and the banner is cute. I used my 1″ circle punch and then just folded the circles in half to make my banner. With the exception of the buttons and the cardstock base, all the pattern papers and alphas are Basic Grey – Serenade Collection.


Layout: They call me Twubs!

The inspiration for this layout was the Imagination Challenge at ACOT – nicknames! All the doggies I know – whether they are mine or not – have at least one nickname. Some have two, and some have five! My BFF and her two little doggies live with us temporarily and just recently, my husband nicknamed her dog Trouble “Twubs”. And my design is based on Sketch-N-Scrap’s sketch #45. I just loved all the layers and the chance to use several photos.

Here is the sketch:


And here is my layout:

They call me TWUBS

I used Best Creation pattern paper, with Queen & Co washi tape, alphas by Basic Grey and My Little Shoebox, twine by Doodlebug and veneer triangles by Studio Calico.

Layout: One Year Older

On Friday, November 8th, we celebrated Penny Lane’s 1st birthday. Its not her true 1st birthday, but we rescued her this time last year. Its amazing how big she has gotten. She has been so fun to have. I always take a photo of my dogs on their birthday, so when I saw ACOT’s Becky Fleck sketch for the week, I knew I had to scrap Penny’s birthday photo. Here is the sketch:


And here is my layout:

One Year Old

I used Basic Grey’s “RSVP” collection. LOVE all the fun colors and embellishments this collection has.

Thanks for looking!

Layout: No bone is too BIG

Sketch-N-Scrap has a new sketch this month. I love the placement of the photos and the large circle so much that I pretty much stuck to the sketch and didn’t stray too far.

Here’s the sketch —  #44


And here’s my layout, featuring Little Bit chewing on a bone larger than he is.

No Bone is TOO Big

I chose to use Queen & Co’s papers and washi tape. The heart is by AdornIt, and sprayed it with coffee bean mist by Inkadinkadoo. I added the bling and twine for a more custom look.

This layout also fulfills the 3 in a Row Challenge at ACOT. The hostess gave us a grid, with 9 elements and you play it like tic-tac-toe. I chose “brown”, “buttons”, and “washi tape”.


Layout: Man’s Best Friend

Its November 1st and that means NEW Challenges over at A Cherry on Top!

For my Fashion Challenge, you will have to tear/rip your paper (for the Fashion Trend – Ripped Jeans) .

In this layout of Bear and Jeffrey, I have tore the paper that separates the two larger pieces, along with the corner piece.

Mans' Best Friend

And I’ve combined it with the Becky Fleck Sketch #54 Challenge that ACOT is hosting as well.


I didn’t truly follow the sketch like I usually do. But with the large die cut title, the banner wouldn’t have worked how the sketch has it. So up at the top it goes!

TFL! And hope you can join us in all the fun at ACOT!