Sunday, September 18, 2016

Friends forever!

Hi everyone!  I hope you are all having a wonderful September so far!  I cannot believe that autumn will be here this week.  I hope that you are enjoying your September, no matter what season you are going welcoming in!
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Today I would like to share my latest scrapbook page:  I made this layout for the current Dusty Attic challenge.  Here is their beautiful mood board for September:

And the only "rule" is that you require Dusty Attic chipboard used on your masterpiece. 

Isn't that great?  I took my cue from the beautiful pussy willow and gorgeous colors.  
Here is my layout. (that I thoroughly enjoyed making, by the way.)

The Dusty Attic chipboard that I used:

Here are some close-ups of the chipboard pieces on my scrapbook page:

With some different angles:


Thank you so much, Dusty Attic, for the inspiration this month. ♥  I couldn't have made it without you!  I have been waiting for the right time to scrap this special photo, a photo of my daughter, Anne, with her travel group friends, taken back in 2009 at Pearl S. Buck in Perkasie, PA.  We got together that day to celebrate their Chinese heritage.  It was a beautiful summer day in June:

Here are some more photos:

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I cannot believe that the older girls are 13 now!  WOW!  Talk about time flying . . .  And they are all are growing up so beautifully! ♥ 

I will end my post today with the quote that I used on my layout: 

"We will be friends forever, won't we, Pooh?
asked Piglet.
Even longer, Pooh answered."

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog today.  ♥  Hugs!

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

A Magic Moment

Hi everyone!  Today is the first day of Challenge YOUrself's newest challenge! I can't wait to share it with you:

This month, Challenge YOUrself #33 is about adding sewing to your page

I decided to scrap about meeting Susan Branch back in May of this year.  Sometime it is good to forget about worries and do something FUN!  I went with my sister, Karen and cousin, Cindy . . . and we had a wonderful time together.

Here is my layout:

I converted the photo to B&W, and made my own background with water colors.  Of course I added lots of machine stitching to my page as per the challenge.

Here are some different views:

I would like to share some photos of the special day when I met Susan Branch.  To learn more about her, you can check out her blog here.  She had a book signing tour (for her three books in her trilogy) across the country.  Here were all of her stops - this photo is from her blog:

Karen, Cindy, and I met her here:

The HollyHedge Estate 
New Hope, PA 
Tuesday  May 3, 2016  2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

She had name tags for us to print out on her blog:

Here's Karen and Cindy:

Me holding up my book:

Cindy talking to Joe, Susan's significant other:

And Joe took our picture with Susan:
They were two of the nicest people - so down to earth and wonderful.

Susan even posted a photo of us on her blog!!  As my cousin Cindy said, it was truly a serendipitous day!!!

Thank you all so much for stopping by my blog today.  I hope all of you scrappers get a chance to check out Challenge YOUrself #33 this month!

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Sweet Friends . . .

Hi everyone!  Today I would like to share a new layout I made for the current More than Words Challenge! I am trying to stick to my New Year's resolution by entering one challenge a month for one year.One thing this resolution has done for me is that it really motivates me to create one new layout a month!   . . . and it's hard for me to believe that it's August already!  

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Here is the August More than Words Challenge:

Word Inspiration - FRIENDS
Use the word FRIENDS as inspiration for your project.
Creative Challenge - CIRCLES
we want to see circles on your project, as many as you want, however you want. Round and round, until we get dizzy with creativity!

When I looked at the More than Words blog, it blew my mind how much they inspire so many people to create scrapbook pages that are gorgeous and works of art!  If you have a chance you should check it out! 

Here is my take:

With two close ups:

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The word friends really spoke to me this month.  I picked photos of Anne with our dog, Kita, taken in the summer of 2014.  I was taking a photography class and shooting some photos of Anne by the pool when Kita came by and just had to get in the act.  I think these photos really depict the friendship between Anne and her dog, Kita!  I loved the creative part of the challenge, too.  Circles are perfect for the friend theme and I used them in so many different ways here - the photos, the scallops with little circles, the stamping, and my embellies!  And I used the lyrics from a favorite song: "That's What Friends Are For."  

I cannot hank you enough, More than Words, for the wonderful inspiration this month! 

I would like to end with some of the photos that I took in July, 2014, of Anne and Kita: 

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Thank YOU so much for stopping by my blog today!  Hugs to you!!!  

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Be Happy!

Good Morning everyone!  Happy Sunday!

It doesn't happen very often, so I want to share that my hubby and I enjoyed an evening out, just the 2 of us, last night. We went to see the Go Go's at the Sands Event Center in Bethlehem. They were amazing and can definitely still rock!  I think it's great that we had such a wonderful time and can enjoy each others company after 26 years of marriage.

Belinda Carlisle:

But the main reason why I am writing is that today I would like to post a layout I just made for the latest challenge at Challenge YOUrself - a blog that challenges you to scrap a photo with YOU in it!

Here's CY# 32:

I absolutely love the vibrant colors of the artist, Leonid Afremov's painting entitled "Alley by the Lake."  

Here's my take:

With a different view:
 and close ups:

I picked a photo of me, my twin sister, and my dad taken many years ago.  One of my favorite memories as a kid was chasing fireflies and putting them in a jar . . . and then letting them go!!!  I will always cherish these memories of endless summer nights . . . 

I am also linking my page up to Art Journal Journey - this month's theme is "Nature's Wonders."  To me, fireflies are definitely one of nature's incredible wonders!  

Thank you, Art Journal Journey, for having your wonderful monthly challenges.  Your artists are always so amazing and they inspire me each time I visit your blog!!!

I also want to encourage you to check out Challenge YOUrself # 32!  You will love what the talented design team created.

Thank you for stopping by my blog and taking a moment out of your busy day to visit me!!!  HUGS!!!

Thursday, July 14, 2016

My garden . . .

Good Morning everyone and welcome to Thursday!  I am really looking forward to the weekend, how about you?  It will be here before we know it.  YAY!

Today I would like to share a layout that I made for the Sketchy Boards Challenge and Art Journal Journey.

Sketchy Boards has a sketch and an inspiration photo each month.  I have never participated in this challenge site before and is part of my New Year's Resolution to take part in 1 new challenge a month for this year.  I really love their sketch and photo, check them out:

Their amazing sketch:

And their wonderful inspiration photo:

I also want to submit my layout to the Art Journal Journey challenge this month!

Their theme is "In my garden there is . . ."

And here is my layout:

With some close-ups:

I love planting flowers in my garden pots every year!  It is the highlight of my summer.  I used some of the photos that I took to make my page.  Thank you so much, Sketchy Boards Challenge and Art Journal Journey for inspiring me to make my layout!

And thank you for stopping by my blog today!  I hope you are having a wonderful week so far!  Hugs to all of you!!!