Live, Laugh, Play!

The temps are heating up and one of the NSD hostesses over at ACOT is having a “Warming Up” Challenge. And here is what I came up with:

Live Laugh Play!

Pics of sweet Bear, playing and splashing in her pink pool from about 3 yrs ago. I’ve been hoarding the Simple Stories “I {heart} Summer” collection! Other than the sequins (MME, Fancy That Collection – from my original May Use It or Lose It Challenge), and the arrows (Studio Calico), everything else is SS.

Here is a close up of the sprinkles:


The design is based on Let’s Get Sketchy May, Week One Sketch.

LGS May Week One

I almost stayed true to the sketch, losing the banner on the right side, moving the border to the left side and not tilting my photos.

TFL! 🙂

Who let the dogs out?

That is usual the question around here. That question made an excellent title for this layout – which happens to be perfect for ACOT’s Music Challenge (song or lyric must ask a question). The song is by Baha Men.

Who let the dogs out

The color scheme is based on ACOT’s Mood Board Challenge. The colors are just gorgeous!

I was inspired by the colors (green, pink, grey, yellow, orange, blue) and the water colors. We also had to use enamel dots.



The puffy stickers are from CTMH, and was listed in my April Use It or Lose It Challenge. The enamel dots are by Freckled Fawn, washi tape Little B, the watercolor by Faber-Castell and alphas are by Fancy Pants. Everything else is by 7 Papers.

The design is based in a Let’s Get Sketchy sketch from last month. I loved the design of it. Lots of possibilities.


TFL! 🙂

Too many bones? Never!

This next layout features my little guy, Jeffrey James, contemplating which bone to chew on. LOL. He had several different flavors – peanut butter, chicken, bacon and original and he went with the original flavored Nylabone.

Too many bones Never!

The design for this layout is based on Let’s Get Sketchy Week 1 for April:

Team A Week 1

I stayed true to the sketch, using the 2 photo placement, layering and misting as inspiration. I swapped out the rings for doilies and moved the title over to the bottom left side.


The title came to mind as I was working on the Rewind Challenge (and yes, I realize the period from the question mark fell off). Going back to last month’s Guest Designer Challenge #1 – 31 Flavors. A wide variety of something that comes in many flavors. For my dogs, its their bones.


The pop of green was from ACOT’s Color Challenge, to use as many shades of green as you want (creation didn’t have to be monochromatic). As I’m using the Canvas Corp Kraft pattern paper (BTW, is from my April Use It or Lose It challenge), I thought green would make the rest of the layout POP, with all the Kraft, brown, black and white I was using.


The enamel dots and doilies are from Doodlebug; mist by Tattered Angels and alphas are by Fancy Pants and The Paper Studio. The pattern papers (other than the Kraft ones by Canvas Corp.), are from DCWV (green/brown) and Karen Foster (paw prints).

TFL! 🙂


My Boy

This next layout features my sweet boy, Mr Jeffrey! Just look at this face:

My Boy

The design of this layout is based on Let’s Get Sketchy Sketch, Week 2, March:


I was going to use triangles, but I saw all these word bubbles and thought I’d repeat that shape instead.

This layout is also based on 2 ACOT challenges. The first one is the Spelling Challenge. We are supposed to spell out the word SHAMROCK. Here is what I used:

S = sketch by Let’s Get Sketchy
H = Heidi Swapp “Hello”
A = Alphas (Bella Blvd)
M = MAMBI washi tag stickers
R = red ink
O = October Afternoon die cuts
C = cloud pattern paper
K = KaiserCraft Paw print stamp

The second one is for the Disney Challenge. Melissa is allowing non-Disney submissions and this month, its based on a color scheme. She gave us several choices, but I went with the golden yellow, light blue, red, and neutrals for my color scheme.

TFL! 🙂

Forever Family

Good afternoon! I have another family-oriented layout to share with you. This one uses a sketch from Let’s Get Sketchy:


I fell in love with this sketch the moment I saw it. One photo. Misting. Triangles. And here is what I came up with:

Forever Family

All the papers are from Webster’s Pages, with alphas by The Paper Studio; mist by Studio Calico; enamel dots by Doodlebug; paper clips by Freckled Fawn; and “say cheese” die cut by October Afternoon.

I used this month’s Graphic Design Challenge for inspiration. This month, the hostess is having a rewind style challenge, going back to 2012 and the first couple of months from 2013. This one is based on October 2012 Graphic Design Challenge where we had to use a black background with bright papers and white title.

TFL! 🙂

Born 2 Ride

Jeffrey is the only one of our dogs who just LOVES to ride with us! He perfers to be in my hubby’s lap, with the window rolled down, but he’ll settle sitting in the passenger side too. We were headed to the bank one day last March and you can just tell how much he enjoyed it!

Born to Ride

I used alot of Basic Grey collections here. Hey Girl!, Hey You!, Hey Boy!, Hello!, and Hipster. The only items that aren’t Basic Grey are the washi tapes (Bella Blvd & CTMH), word art stickers (Loving Life, Happiness, Joy – all Fancy Pants), and mini alphas (My Little Shoebox). Here are a few close ups:




I alternated the washi tapes to suit ACOT’s Washi Challenge, and the design came from using Let’s Get Sketchy, February Week 4 Sketch:

feb wk4

I LOVED the single photo sketch, with all the layers and clusters. It was the perfect fit for all the little embellishments I used! Speaking of embellishments, some of them are from my Use It Or Lose It February post! The Fancy Pants word art stickers, and the BG “Hey You!” flags. I removed the toothpicks and just used them as die cuts (So Awesome!; You & Me).

TFL! 🙂

Cute & Cuddly

This next layout came together so quickly, even with all the little details:

Cute & Cuddly

The picture is of my parents’ dog, Little Bit, doing what he does best – snuggling under the blanket.


I misted my background with a yellow mist (Tattered Angels). After it was dried, I used my “My Favorite Things” paw print stencil to add textured paws sporadictly (using spackling paste from home depot). The pattern papers, stickers, and die cuts are from Jillibean Soup “Fur Fusion” collection.


I stitched around the arrows to not only emphasize them, but for ACOT’s Title Challenge, stitching was a requirement. I almost (gasp!) forgot about the stitching until I was almost done with the layout. I didn’t want to re-do anything, so stitching around the arrows seemed to be a good way to go, and I loved how it turned out. The “title” had to be any form of the following words: HUGS, KISSES, COZY, CUDDLE, and/or SNUGGLE. I was going to use “Nice & Cozy” as my title, but as I was digging thru the die cuts, I found the “Cute & Cuddly” instead! Perfect! 🙂

The design is based on Let’s Get Sketchy, February Week 3 Sketch:

LGS Week 3 Feb

I loved the background work – that is where I got inspired to use my mist and just kind of spray it on, not really caring about exactly where it goes. Instead of triangles, I fussy-cut the diamonds out of pattern paper.

TFL! 🙂


Cut files are very popular in the scrappy world and backing all or part of a cut file with pattern paper is even MORE popular! With that said, Sara’s Use Your Stash challenge is just that!


I chose to use my Cricut and cut several paw print borders from the Paper Pups cartridge. I backed each paw print using old kitty collections – Bo Bunny and TPC Studio.

This layout is also being submitted to ACOT’s Spelling Challenge. Sandi chose the word ROMANCE:

R = Ribbon (TPC Studio)
O = Orange background paper (from stash)
M = Mist (black drops, Tattered Angels)
A = Alphas (Bo Bunny)
N = Numbers (My Little Shoebox)
C = Chipboard (Kitty – Bo Bunny; Circle tag – TPC Studio)
E = Enamel Dots (white/black – Freckled Fawn)

The design for this layout is based on Let’s Get Sketchy, February Week 2 sketch, by the very talented Bev Code:

LGS Week 2

TFL! 🙂

I Love My Family

I had alot of ideas flowing thru my brain for this next layout. I really wanted to use the last sheet of SEI “Homestead” pattern paper from my stash (as well as using it towards my Use It or Lose It Challenge), and I thought it would be perfect match for the Let’s Get Sketchy January Week 2 sketch:


So I started adding gesso to tone it down, then using the packaging technique, added some mist to it:


EPIC FAIL! YIKES! That is NOT the result I wanted. I hated to waste that paper, but on the flip side, the mixed media DID NOT seep thru AND the back side of that paper is a rich, dark plaid pattern. So I salvaged it by doing lots of tearing, and this is the result:

I Love My Family

Did my mixed media using Tattered Angels mist in Cork, which is a light brown. The background paper is by Photo Play, as wel as the stickers and photo mats. The title is MAMBI and the chipboard circle peeking out on the side is from my stash. I added gold glitter glue so it wouldn’t look so blah.

I’m submitting this layout to ACOT’s Manufacture Challenge. The letters this month or P and T. P for Photo Play; T for Tattered Angels.

I’m also hosting my Fashion Challenge over at ACOT as well. I still need to post it, but I’m using the following image that I found on Pinterest:


Lovin’ the rich colors, aren’t you? And adding gold for a bit added “Wow!”.

TFL! 🙂

Let’s Go!

Hello all! I have a super cute layout to share with you, using a sketch from Let’s Get Sketchy as inspiration.

Week One

Lets Go

Pictures are from May 2015. Jeffrey had jumped in the back of the Expedition and was ready to go for a “ride”, even though my hubby was just unloading stuff out of it.

This layout is also being submitted for ACOT’s Spelling Challenge. The word this month is RESOLUTION. My items are:

R = Ravine Bazzill Cardstock
E = enaml stars by Jillibean Soup
S = Studio Calico Pattern Papers
O = orange envelope by Fancy Pants
L = light blue pattern paper
U = u-turn arrow sticker by Basic Grey
T = Tattered Angels black mist
I = ink
O = October Afternoon die cuts
N = Nikki Sivils pattern paper (green)
S = Smoky Bazzill Cardstock (used as photo mats)

TFL! 🙂