Lunch at Chili’s

Still trying to get as many layouts done before the new year arrives! This layout features me and my hubby a few years ago at Chili’s. Its for ACOT’s “What’s on TV? Challenge” – which the hostess chose DINERS, DRIVE-INS, & DIVES and the challenge is that one photo must show a restaurant/cafe, inside or out.

Lunch at Chilis

The design for this layout is based on Let’s Get Sketchy, December Week 2 sketch.


When I saw this sketch, I knew I was going to do some mixed media. Taking the colors from both our shirts, I chose to use gelatos in Snow Cone, Metallic Blueberry and Aqua Dolce and the red is mist from Tattered Angels. I used the packaging technique, which I’m so in love with!


I even tried stamping on top of all the gelatos/mist. I need to practice a bit more, but I still like the affect.


The “Please & Thank You” is a die cut piece from Basic Grey’s “Fact or Fiction” collection (all the papers, bits and pieces and brad came from that collection). I fussy cut the frame, and then trimmed a bit more, popping up the phrase, so it stands out, with the red mist in the background.

TFL! 🙂

A Super Cute Crafty Dog with NAS Sketch #339

Nuts About Sketches newst sketch is different and oh-so-very-fun! It uses circle photos – which sometimes I forget to do. Circle photos give a layout a different and unique look.

Sketch #339:

339 - Due 10-12-14

And here is my layout:

339 - Brandy

As you can see, I stuck with the circle theme, adding in a smaller photo near the title, scattering smaller circles with punched out paw prints and even smaller brads to tie the whole layout together.


These photos were taken on Jan 3, 2013. I was working on hubby’s birthday card and I had gotten up to get something. I came back and found Mr Jeffrey James in my chair. He is so cute! He loves getting crafty with his mommy!



I used a mix of really old stash (papers – all are Bo Bunny – from Grease Monkey and Flower Child collections) and som newer embellies (die cuts, vellum tape and brads are all from Basic Grey – Bow Ties & Knee Highs collection).

TFL! 🙂

Layout: Express Yourself

I love music and my taste ranges from country (mostly!) to pop, into R&B, oldies and some rap (old school). When I am stuck on a title, I usually turn to music for inspiration. Sometimes its a title, sometimes its a lyric, or the whole song. For this month’s Music Challenge at ACOT, the hostess had us choose a song by a diva and use that to inspire our next project.

I am a HUGE Madonna fan, and originally, as I was going thru her music, I had, like, 12 songs picked out! LOL! But I finally narrowed the list down to four, and then looked at some pictures to see what I was leaning towards. I ended up with a group photo of my scrappy friends taken back in August 2010. We were getting ready for bed, and since it was like 4am – we ended up being SILLY too!

The song I chose was “Express Yourself”, and the title was just PERFECT for the photo!

Express Yourself

The design for this layout is inspired by a sketch from Sketch-N-Scrap. Its their “Inspired by…” #9:

inspired by #9

I had alot of fun with all those little sqares and since this was such a FUN layout, I went with FUN embellies by MAMBI:


My title was cut using my Cricut and Cricut cartridge “Opposites Attract”:


All pattern paper is Basic Grey “Paper Cottage”. The circles are punched out with a circle punch, and the pattern was already like that on the paper (don’t you love it when that happens?)


TFL! 🙂


Let Them Eat Cake using NAS Sketch #333

The newest sketch by Nuts About Sketches was so much fun to work with. I’ll definetly be saving this one to reuse again and again!

333 - Due 8-31-14 copy

Brandy - 333

As you can tell, I stuck to the sketch pretty well. I loved that the photos were already 4X6 and 6X4 and that means no cropping! I replaced the tearing at the top with a banner and added more washi tape.

The banner, stickers, and papers are from Basic Grey’s “RSVP” collection. Brads are WRMKs and washi tape is by Queen & Co.

TFL! 🙂

Goofy Family Moments using NAS sketch #329

I had a lot of fun with this next sketch, using some silly family memories from last Thanksgiving.

Here’s the two page sketch #329 from Nuts About Sketches:

329 - Due 8-3-14

And here’s my layout:

Brandy - 329



I stuck to the sketch pretty good, except I replaced the two 4X5’s with my title and the misting:


Here’s a few more close ups:



The green tiny brads are WRMKs, and the chevron washi tape is Queen & Co. All other products are Basic Grey – “Hey Girl!”, “Knee Highs & Bow Ties”, and “Fact & Fiction” collections.

TFL! 🙂

Layout: Awesome!

PageMaps is offering a sketch contest and the sketch is so amazing, its easy to make it your own!


And here is my layout:


I also combined this with the Spelling Challenge over at ACOT. The word to use is FREEDOM, and each letter must represent something on your layout. This is what I had come up:

F – Flair
R – RSVP pattern papers, Basic Grey
E – Envelope
E – EK Success Punch
D – Decorative Brads
O – Olivia border sticker, Basic Grey
M – Misting

The background paper is by Pink Paislee Mistables, and the mists I used are by Tattered Angels. The papers, owl flair, brads, and stickers are all by Basic Grey. The small vellum envelope is from Hobby Lobby.

TFL! 🙂

Its better to have memories with Nuts About Sketches Sketch #316

Nuts About Sketches Sketch #316 was so fun to use, I’ll definetly be saving it.

Here’s my layout, featuring my grandparents celebrating their 70th and 80th birthdays 2 summers ago:

316 - Brandy

And here’s the awesome sketch!

316 - Due 4-30-14 Due to Disney Trip

I really loved the 4X6 photo placements and instead of using triagnles or a banner, I fussy-cut pattern paper to use as borders. All of my products are Basic Grey “RSVP” collection.

TFL! 🙂

Doggie Party with Nuts About Sketches #313

Last month, 3 out of my 5 furbabies celebrated their birthdays. Jeffrey turned 10 on March 5th, followed by Ruby and Bear turning 9 the next day. Since those days fell during a weekday, Rob and I let them celebrate their birthdays together on a Saturday. They all got Frosty Paws and Dognation doggie cookies.

313 - Brandy

This layout is based on Nuts About Sketches sketch #313:

Due 4-13-14

I started out with smaller photos, but I thought it would be cool to use one large one, with two smaller ones (instead of using just the small four photos). I love that this sketch has a place for alot of journaling.

Here are some close-ups:



The washi tape is by MME, with all the other papers/diecut/transparencies/alphas by Basic Grey “RSVP”.

TFL! 🙂

My first reveal!

Good afternoon everyone! Today I have my FIRST reveal on The Nuts About Sketches Blog!

307 - Brandy

And its based on this amazing sketch by Shawn (Sketch 307):

307 - Due Mar 2

I loved the “torn” banners for journaling and used one large photo instead of the two smaller ones. This is one sketch that I’ll definetly use again!

Here is a close up of the journaling:


I used mostly Basic Grey “Fact & Fiction” collection, with washi tape by Queen & Co and brads by WRMKs.

TFL! 🙂

Layout: Being 3 is Great!

Another layout featuring my step-son at age 3 (riding his bike), and using some Basic Grey. These papers are from “Fact & Fiction” and they are perfect for this photo.

Being 3 is Great!

Layout is based on a PageMaps Sketch for the Gossamer Blue February Kit Contest. I turned the sketch on its side to make it work better with my photo:


I swapped out the butterflies with hexagons, which better suits my layout. I also did this layout for ACOT’s Febuary Supply Challenge. The hostess listed 10 items, and I chose the following 5: 8 or more hexagons; chevrons (I used pattern paper); red; a frame; and a number (which is in my title).

TFL! 🙂