Sunday, February 1, 2015


Well everyone we have arrived at February, the month when everyone focuses on having a Valentine and on loving relationships.  Over at Scrapping Everyday Miracles we have 3 challenges for you...

Our Layout Sketch -
My sample-
Our Card Sketch -
My sample
(card front)
(card inside)
I am also going to enter this card over at Word Art Wednesday for the Anything Goes challenge #168.
and our Scripture Focus - Deuteronomy 6:5
Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.
Stop by the blog and see wonderful samples by the rest of our great Design Team.  I hope that you will join us and take the opportunity to win a great prize!

Saturday, January 31, 2015


Last Saturday my sons needed to get to Philadelphia to a concert of Reel Big Fish.  As I had a few hours to kill waiting for them I looked for something to do.  I saw a beautiful clock tower and went to investigate.  There I discovered Rothman Rink at City Hall.  I have not been ice skating in many years and I have not fallen on skates in over 40 years.  I am used to skating in figure skates and with heavy socks.  As this was impromptu and required rental skates and I was not wearing heavy socks. I neglected to tie the ankles tight enough.  A few steps out onto the ice I landed HARD on my left butt cheek.  Needless to say, I was determined and I went to the bench, tightened up the laces around my ankles and proceeded to skate for well over an hour.  When the rink closed I sat on the bench to remove my skates and OUCH! For several days it has hurt but I saw no bruise.  Then, an extremely dark purple to black bruise developed from my tail bone all the way down my left leg.  It is a week later and it still hurts to sit!

Last night I created a layout using a few photos from that night.

I started with the sketch from Let's Get Sketchy Team B Week 4.

The January challenge over at Craft Hoarders Anonymous was called Choose Your Challenge. The challenge was to incorporate at least one item from each column in your creation.

Here is the board -
Coloring Medium

Twine or Cord
Coloring/ Watercolor

Sandpaper or Distressing Tool

Ephemera or Found Items

Markers or Colored Pencils

Fabric or Lace


(heat, dry, paste, etc.)


Spray Mist

Ribbon or Seam Binding
Die Cutting or Punching




Burlap or Canvas
Folding and Scoring

Wood or Glass

Brads or Eyelets

Chalk or Pastels

Yarn, Thread, or Floss
Mixed Media
Metal or Wire

From this board I chose the following:
Coloring Medium - Ink, Markers
Fiber - Twine, Fabric (snowman is felt)
Technique - Die cutting or punching
Texture - Distressing, Metal
Embellish - Ephemera, Bling

Here is my layout -
Here are some close-ups so that you can view the required items better -
 Fabric, Bling, Marker
 Ephemera, Twine, Metal, Inked edges
I am also entering this layout in Stacy's January 2015 Stash challenge at Sketches4all calls for using blue. 

I hope you have enjoyed my story and my creation.  This layout will also appear in Soul Scrappers on February 2.


Friday, January 30, 2015


Today the creations I have to share with you are about birthdays past and present.  First is a layout that I did of my Mom's 85th birthday.  It was a treasure to find these photos as it was shortly after this time she started the downhill spiral into Alzheimer's and passed away two years later.

For this layout I started out with Let's Get Sketchy Team B January Week 4 sketch -

and the selections for Picture This! January 15th challenge calling for 3 photos + black & white + lace

I am also entering this into Rochelle's Celebration challenge at Sketches4All which called for celebration theme and border punch.

Here is my layout -

and some close ups -

 here's my lace

 and this is a double border punch topped with satin ribbon flowers

I thought these stickers would be cute but I wanted them to stand out so I stuck them onto black cardstock and then put them on with pop dots for dimension.

I thought it was fun to be able to use this cute little camera button I had which mimicked the one on the sketch.

These items are also pop dotted for dimension.
This weekend we are celebrating my son's girlfriend's 22nd birthday.  I absolutely love Kathryn and know that someday she will make a wonderful daughter-in-law.
I chose sketch #382 from Mojo Monday.  It called for using a tall & skinny card.
Here's the sketch -
and here is my card -
and a few close-ups-
I am also going to share these over at Word Art Wednesday for their challenge #168 Anything Goes.
I hope you have enjoyed celebrating these birthdays of the past and present with me today.  Thanks for stopping by.