Stay Warm

Hello everyone! Hope you are enjoying the weekend. Its dreary out here and so I’m staying in, scrapping!

This next layout, surprisingly, came together rather quickly. In 30 mins, I had a completed layout! That usually doesn’t happen. I think its because I didn’t overthink it. I really want to use up this Basic Grey “Paper Cottage” collection. I had stickers, alphas and good size scraps. With the help of a LGS sketch, this is what I came up with:

Stay Warm

Ruby, Penny and LB staying warm in their little doggie coats (Jan 2015). Since there was alot of red and pink, with a hint of blue, I chose a light bluish teal cardstock for my background. Added the stencil/mist, with washi tape and just started piling on the layers. Here is the sketch:

Team A Week 2

Kind of stayed true to the sketch – in particular of placement of elements/photos/borders.



The circular photos are for ACOT’s Cherryland Challenge. I chose Maraschino cherry. I also combined with ACOT’s 3 in a Row Challenge. Its BINGO style this month and I went with 1st Row: cardstock; frame; inking; color blue; and stencil.

I knocked out quite a few items off my April 2016 Use It or Lose It Challenge. I have no more paper from the BG collection. Used the xoxo stamp again and the die cut heart frame, along with 2 more of those puffy stickers from CTMH.

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! 🙂


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! 🙂

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! 🙂

The Best Day Ever

ACOT’s Guest Designer’s next challenge was to USE ‘EM UP! LOL! As scrappers, we tend to buy, buy, buy and only use just a little. We all have that one (or two, or ten) collections that we are just hoarding. Mine is usually something from Basic Grey! And the “Persimmon” collection is what I decided to use with this sweet photo of me and my Papa from Thanksgiving, 2014.

The Best DAy Ever

The papers/stickers are from BG, and I added some mixed media to the background to give the layout some interest. The hexagon stencil is from Crafter’s Workshop, and the mist is from Studio Calico.

Layout is inspired by Let’s Get Sketchy Sketch Week 2, October, by Laetitia. Isn’t it beautiful?

LGS Oct Wk 2

TFL! 🙂

Photo Love using Sketches in Thyme Week 1 (April)

One good thing about not being able to do certain ACOT challenges in the time frame given is that you can always do the Rewind Challenge and go back to previous month and do as many as you want.

My next layout is based on the Guest Designer’s 1st Challenge – use one photo; and the title must be “Photo Love”.

Photo Love

I used embellishments and papers by Teresa Collins “Nine & Co.”, with mist from Tattered Angels, alphas by Basic Grey, and butterflies are from Jillibean Soup.

Layout is based on a gorgeous sketch at Sketches in Thyme (Week 1 – April).

Bev sketch

TFL! 🙂

Waiting for Squirrely using NAS Sketch #314

Yes, the “y” at the end of the title is on purpose. That is what we say to get the dogs (especially Penny) excited about a squirrel. We call it “squirrely”. With that said, I’ve got a fun two pager using Shawn’s latest sketch:


Here is the sketch:

Due 4-20-14

I loved all the photos going across, with a spot for journaling. Here are some close-ups:



These photos were taken back in September 2013. Prior to that, we had the tree within the yard, fenced in. Penny loved that because she could watch “squirrely” all day long, bark at it, etc. Well, in September of last year, we decided to put up a new fence and at the same time, move the fence in by 5 feet. That means, the tree would be OUTSIDE of the fence. And, as you can tell, Penny wasn’t very pleased with that.


I used my Cricut to cut out the alphas and the statement:



The pattern paper and “Squirrel!” sticker is by Reminisce; Arrows are Fancy Pants; and veneer chevrons are by Studio Calico. I used mist by Maya Road to color the arrows and chevron pieces.

TFL! 🙂


Layout: Happy Birthday!

This next layout was so much fun to work on. I had to track down all my yellows and greens for the ACOT Ad Challenge (along with adding a SWIRL somewhere’s) – I have more than I thought, which made it a little easier. And then you’ve got the subject, which would make anything worth while. 🙂

Happy Birthday!

This is Jeffrey’s 10th Birthday picture, taken just last Wednesday morning. Here are a few close-ups:



The layout is based on Sketchabilities Sketch #110:

sketchabilities #110

Here’s the list of my products that I used:

Background paper: Bo Bunny
green mist: Tattered Angels
green bone sticker: Paper House Productions
mini alphas: My Little Shoebox
tags: K & COmpany
green paper (used for photo mat): Imaginesce
arrow: Fancy Pants
Bling: Zva Creative
paw print edge punch: EK Success
“A dog is man’s best friend and vice versa” stamp: Inkadinkado
ink, paw print stamps, “I love my dog” sticker: from stash

TFL! 🙂

Layout: Making the Cut

This layout is all about taking risks – from the topic to the techniques I used. I used a Sketchabilities sketch and paired it with the ACOT Book of Me Challenge – Stepping Outside of Your Comfort Zone.

Making the Cut

The topic:  Getting my hair cut. I have always, ALWAYS have had medium length hair. But I wanted something different. Two weeks ago I decided to cut it short. Very very short. This is the shortest it has ever been. My hair is extremely thick and wavy, so I had asked the hair dresser if she could thin it out a bit. A straightening iron helps too. I journaled on the tag that is behind my photos.

There’s a twist to the BOM Challenge. While we are scrapping about something outside of our comfort zone, we should do something on our layout that really isn’t our usual style or technique.  I chose to use gesso, and mist and stamping, with layers – and not just layering of papers (which is what I do alot), but layering with washi tape, and embellies and bling, and photos. I have never used gesso before, so looking thru pinterest and other blogs  really helped me figure it out. And I LOVE the end result.


And Sketchabilities Sketch #99 really helped me figure out the gesso, mist, stamping, etc – this sketch just screams mixed media!

#99 sketchabilities

Thanks for looking! 🙂