Life is Good

Good morning everyone! Today is my turn to showcase a wonderful sketch by the very talented Janessa Franco on the Sketches in Thyme blog. Just look at all the layers!

Team 2

I was planning on using doilies when I first saw this sketch. But the colors/papers I pulled for my photos, doilies were just not gonna work. I almost went with cut files, but I just got my hands on some Shimmerz Texturez in “Gold Mine” and OMG…its my new fave! LOL. And the stencil I chose was a mini sunburst! I love this stuff!


And here is my final layout:

Life is Good

Ruby and Jeffrey hanging out under the Oak Tree in the backyard last summer. The papers and stickers are all Studio Calico “Sundrifter”, which is from my June 2016 Use it Or Lose It challenge.



That “My favorite place” journal card is from a really old K & Company pack. I stumbled upon that card and thought it’d make a great layering piece. 😉


The enamel dots/shapes are from October Afternoon.

Make sure you stop by the Sketches in Thyme blog and hope you can play along.

TFL! 🙂

Girls Scrappy Weekend!

My scrappy friends came over this past weekend to, what else, scrap! We had tons of fun! My wonderful hubby made us fajitas and homemade guacamole and chips and for breakfast, we had scones and waffles. YUMMY! It was great!

I managed to get NINE layouts done. Yes, you read correctly, NINE. Usually I only do 4 or 5, but my mojo showed up and STAYED!

Sweet Girl: ACOT’s Cherryland Challenge. I chose Maraschino  Cherry using a b/w photo with colored supplies

Sweet Girl

This is Awesome: ACOT’s Mood Board Challenge. I was inspired by all the colors – orange, pink, yellow, brown. I liked the large ampersand, polka dots, the white cursive writing (title, love sticker), heart. I used gold hearts and a gold puffy sticker.

This is Awesome

Sew Sweet: ACOT’s Pet Challenge. I used the colors – green, pinks, and teal from the mood board; and the sketch.

Sew Sweet

You are my Sunshine: ACOT’s 3 in a Row Challenge. Used middle column – green, something gold, and twine

You are my Sunshine

My World Revolves Around All Of You: ACOT’s Music Challenge. I was inspired by the solid black background, with the bright colors and the silverish triangle. Instead of triangles, I used circles mostly. Used my shimmerz Texture paste and a stencil, and then cut out my photos into different sized circles. Fussy cut some OLD OLD OLD BASIC GREY (Lime Rickey!) to use as photo mats. Then I fussy cut the wavy paper and attached it to the top and left sides of the page. I cut out my title using my Cricut.

My World Revolves Around All of You

Beautiful You: ACOT’s Spelling Challenge. We had to use the word SCRAPLIFT.
S = Studio Calico alphas
C = Chevron stickers
R = Rhinestones
A = Argyle yellow pattern paper
P = Pink Title
L = “locator” sticker
I = Imaginesce lime green paper
F = Fussy cut arrow
T = Turquoise mini alphas

Beautiful You

I used quite a bit from my Use It or Lose It Challenge that I posted June 1st. Basic Grey “Lime Rickey” collection, Studio Calico “Sundrifter” collection, and Prima crystal bling.

I’ll be back later with 2 more from my Scrappy Weekend. I know that adds up to EIGHT. The other one was for Sketch N Scrap DT. 😉

Be Happy

Happy Memorial Day! Let’s take a moment to thank all veterans and active duty for their service. And a special thank you for all who made the ultimate sacrifice to keep us free and safe. I salute you!

I have a card that I’d like to share with you today. I actually started this on Saturday, but just couldn’t get the stamping to look right. It ended up being my ink, as I grabbed my black pigment ink and it looks great!


The stamp is from Inkadinkado and its on my list from my original May 2016 Use it or Lose it challenge. The blingy border is old Webster’s Pages trim, and the black is CTMH. This was submitted to ACOT’s Use Your Stash Challenge – ribbons and trims!

TFL! 🙂

Happy Girl and I {heart} You

My first layout is of pics of my cousin’s little girl, during Thanksgiving 2014. She was 2 at the time, and I just love her smile!

Happy Girl

Most products are Bo Bunny, with the cork pieces from Teresa Collins and brad from Basic Grey. Both items are from my March Use It Or Lose It Challenge.


I added the owl rub-on onto the cork hexagon.



I used a brad and inserted into the center of the cork flower.

My second layout is of my sweet baby Bear. This photo is so priceless, taken by my photographer friend almost 3 years ago. Just looking at this pic just makes my heart melt:

I heart you

The layout is based on Paper Issues March Sketchy Saturday Sketch:

paper issues sketch

I fell in love with ink splatters and the one photo design. My list of supplies are as follows:

papers, alphas, brads (March Use It Or Lose It Challenge): Basic Grey (Hey Girl!, Max & Whiskers, Knee Highs and Bow Ties)
veneer hearts: Studio Calico (colored using Clearsnap ink in Celadon and Tattered Angels mist in Blackberry Cordial)
ink blot stamps: CTMH
mist: Tattered Angels in Mallard

I did my title in the “I {heart} You” format to be submitted to ACOT’s Graphic Design Challenge. I went back and did February 2013 – to substitute a heart for the word LOVE. And everybody knows how much I LOVED my baby Bear! Still do!

TFL! 🙂

Sketch N Scrap Card Sketch #69

Good morning everyone! The first card sketch for March was designed by the very talented Kelly Holifield!

March 5th Card

Lots of possibilities with this one. And here is my take on it:

March 5th card by Brandy

I used the large sentiment sticker from Bo Bunny’s “Welcome Home” (from my March Use It or Lose It challenge).

I orignally wanted to use some glittered heart rub-ons from Cloud 9 Design (also from March Use It or Lose It Challenge), but they would not rub off. AT ALL. So I guess rub-ons DO EXPIRE! They have got to be at least 8 or 9 years old!

So instead, I used veneer hearts from Studio Calico. The doily is from Doodlebug.

As always, TFL and make sure you stop by Sketch N Scrap!

March 2016 Use It or Lose It

Good morning everyone and welcome to my monthly challenge “Use or Lose It!”. I think I did a little better last month than the previous month.  I used the following:

  • KaiserCraft “Base Coat” pattern paper
  • Fancy Pants “Park Bench” sticker sheet
  • hot pink polka dot washi tape
  • MME birthday die cuts
  • Imaginesce “Good Dog” die cuts
  • doggie print paper
  • Basic Grey “Hey You!” flags
  • Clear Scraps “bones” 6X6 stencil

The items I didn’t get to chance to using were the following:

  • Bo Bunny “Welcome Home” rub-ons
  • Bo Bunny “Family Is” noteworthy die cut package
  • blingy butterfly
  • denim covered brads
  • numerical stamps
  • veneer leaves and raindrops

I’ll give those other items a second chance this month!

And speaking of second chances, here are the items that I used from the January Use It Or Lose It last month:

  • Basic Grey “Fact or Fiction” collection
  • Bo Bunny “Alora” paper

So it looks like there are only TWO items I didn’t use from January in the 2 months that it sat on my desk:

  • Webster’s Pages hot pink ruffle ribbon
  • MME “Lush 2” paper


And here are my items that I’m challenging myself to use this month:

WRMKs SewEasy. I use it…but not alot. I mean, look at all those heads!

EK Success scalloped punch. my SewEasy, I use it..but not often.
Large paw print stamp. I tend to gravitate towards the smaller ones paw print stamps.
Flowers by Basic Grey. I want to say Hello Luscious collection
Glitz Design washi tape.
Brads by Basic Grey. Knee High collection.

Li’l Davis rub-ons. They are travel rub-ons, but do have some plain borders.
Bo Bunny “Welcome Home” stickers
Bo Bunny “Etc.” stickers (remember that collection?)
Cloud 9 Design Wedding Rub-ons

Teresa Collins cork embellies. I’ve used a few pieces…but I’m not a huge fan of the cork. However…I bought them because of the frames. LOL!

Alphas/Stickers from Basic Grey “Max and Whiskers” collection. I’m all out of paper from this collection. I bought this collection several times, once each year since it came out. LOL.
MME “29th Street Market”. Its a very very light purple. Very thick too. It would hold up to mixed media. Hhhhmm….

So those are my items this month! Wish me luck as always! 🙂

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! 🙂

Fur-Ever Friends

Good morning all! Today I’m sharing with you Sketch N Scrap sketch #99 by the very talented Mandy Reedyk:

Feb 15th

I decided to flip my sketch upside down, use a very large die cut title instead of a circle, and use one photo instead of two:

Brandy - Feb 15th Layout

The picture was taken May 2013, and its of my sweet Penny playing chase with her two new friends – Princess and Trouble! They belong to my BFF and she lived with me and my husband for a few months in 2013.



Those die cuts are from Imaginesce (using them from my Use It or Lose It Challenge for this month). The green chevron paper, washi tape and paper clip are from Queen & Co. The blue cardstock is from Bazzill. The green glittered paw prints are from Paper House Productions. The paw print paper is from The Paper Studio.

TFL and as always, make sure you stop by Sketch N Scrap and play along!

Love and My Peeps

These next 2 layouts both use things I randomly selected for my January Use It or Lose It Challenge. I am using this month to use up whatever I didn’t use last month. Just to give things “one last chance”.

First up is the Bo Bunny “Alora” pattern paper.


I cut the sheet in half, and used a few of the chipboard pieces to showcase these cute pics of my husband holding Bella and Lola back in 2011.

With that said, all I have left from that collection is the other half of the pattern paper and some chipboard pieces. I went ahead and punched out the pieces and they are now considered my “go to embellishments” when a layout or card needs that “one more thing”. They were a bunch of starts, hearts and flowers. Perfect!

I also used ACOT’s Becky Fleck Sketch #110 to help my mojo:


The second layout is using up the Basic Grey “Fact or Fiction” sheet of paper. I kept looking at that sheet, but it just wasn’t doing much for me. LOL. So I flipped it over and saw that it was a very distressed yellow. Not my color, but when paired with the following pics of me posing with some PEEPS candy back in 2011, it was a perfect match!

My Peeps

I used other sheets from that collection (the 6X6 paper pad), along with chipboard stickers from a VERY OLD Creative Imaginations “PEEPS” collection.

I now have a bunch of scraps from the Basic Grey collection, quite a bit from 6X6 paper pad and a bunch of odds/ends from sticker sheets and embellishment packs. Time for me to sift thru and clean up that little bag too!

All I have left now is the MME Lush 2 fuschia pattern paper and the hot pink Webster’s Pages ribbon. Off to see what I can find to scrap with those 2 items!

TFL! 🙂

Celebrate using Sketch N Scrap Card #67

Good morning all! I have a cute card to share with you, using a sketch by the very talented Mandy Reedyk:

Feb 5th

I went the “birthday” route with this card, using some of the die cuts from my “Use It Or Lose It” post I posted on the 1st of this month. I also used some of the washi tape too:

Brandy - Feb 5th Card

The punched circles are from various scraps of Bazzill cardstock.

One cute thing happened while I was taking a picture of this card. Mr Jeffrey decided to photo bomb my card!


What a silly boy!

TFL and as always, don’t forget to stop by Sketch N Scrap!