Tuesday, June 7, 2016


Good Morning everyone!  Welcome Tuesday!  It has been a "crazy" weather start to summer so far.  How about you?  I know some of you are starting winter right now!

Today I would like to share the new Challenge YOUrself challenge with you.  Check it out here!!

I enjoyed working on this one - I used a rectangle, a few circles, but mostly triangles:

The photo is a definite FAVORITE of mine from last summer - I am with my twin sister, Karen, and my beautiful daughter, Katie!

The rectangle is the big green frame, the circles are in the sun and balloons.  I used triangles are in the sun and banner:

 And I used triangles in my trees:

I encourage you to get those creative juices flowing and check out Challenge YOUrself this month!

I am feeling a bit nostalgic today and wanted to share some old photos with you:

Here's Katie and Anne back in 2009:

and here's what they wrote on the driveway:

Still makes my heart melt . . .

And thank you so much for visiting my blog today!  HUGS!!!

Thursday, May 26, 2016

All You Need is Love!

Good Morning everyone and welcome to Thursday!  I cannot believe how warm our weather has been the past couple of days, and I hear it is going to be this way through the weekend.  I love summer, but am just not quite ready to thrown into the Dog Days of Summer quite yet!!!  But whatever will be, will be . . .

Anyway, I have a resolution this year that I am going to try to participate in a new challenge every month.  I found this sketch challenge on the Facebook page "All Our Scrapbook Challenges are Here,"  and loved it.  Scrap Much? has this awesome sketch:
I turned it on it's side and came up with this layout:

Here are some different views:

I really enjoyed completing this layout that I started at a Stampin Up crop!  Thank you, Scrap Much? for the much needed inspiration to finish this page with a photo that I absolutely LOVE of Anne!

And thank you for visiting my blog today! Hope you all have a happy and scrappy weekend!

Sunday, May 1, 2016

I have a dream!

Good Morning everyone and welcome to Sunday!  It seems like life is so busy right now - I barely get a chance to do the things I need to do let alone get a chance to scrap!

Today I would like to share my latest layout made for the Challenge YOUrself and Scrap It with a Song collaboration for the month of May!

Challenge YOUrself has a beautiful mood board:

And Scrap It With a Song has 2 wonderful songs to pick from this month:

May ROCK Song: 

May POP Song:

Here is my take:

I picked "Best Day of my Life" because I wanted to scrap about my dreams and my journey in photography!!!  And the song is such a happy and joyful one - I cannot listen to it without smiling.  (I am so lucky that I had  the opportunity to go to a 2 day crop with my dear friend Lisa!)

Here are some different views and a close up:

I hope you get a chance to check out the latest collaboration with Challenge YOUrself and Scrap it With a Song!

I would like to link up my page to Art Journal Journey's monthly challenge.  This month's theme is about a journey and my page is all about my dreams and journey in photography!  Thank you, Art Journal Journey for having such inspirational challenges each month!

And I would like to end my blog post today with a recent photo of my beautiful daughter, Katie:

Time flies by ever so fast and before you know it, your oldest child is all grown up.  I wish nothing but happiness and blessings for her in life!!

Thank you all so much for stopping by my blog today.  Hugs and happy Sunday!

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Hello . . . I Love You . . .

Good Morning!   I was asked to be a guest designer for Scrap it with a Song's  April challenge . . .

These are the songs for their April challenge:  If you click on the title of the song to see the video.  Each month, they have a rock and a pop song to inspire you.

Rock Song
Pop Song

I chose their rock song, Hello, I Love You:

I know that I scrapped this photo once before, but it is one of my favorites of Katie and Anne together!  I started making this layout at a Stampin' Up crop that I was invited to by my friend, Lisa.  (Thanks again, Lisa!!)

I have always been inspired by music and love to use it when I am working on my projects.  Scrap it with a song is an amazing challenge blog to get monthly inspiration from!  You can pick either a rock song, a pop song, or both.  I love the Doors song "Hello, I Love You" and knew that I wanted to use it!  I was immediately inspired to put that title on this page with my favorite photo of Katie and Anne.

Thank you so much, "Scrap It with a Song," for asking me to be your guest designer this month!

If you love music in your art like I do, I encourage you to check out their blog.

I am also linking this page to the Art Journal Journey this month, since they, too,  have a music theme going on . . . 

And speaking of inspiration, please go to their blog  to see their beautiful and creative works of art!

Thank YOU for stopping by my blog today!  Hello, I love you, won't you tell me your name?

Thursday, April 7, 2016

This One's for the Girls!

Good Morning everyone!  I cannot believe that we are in April already!  Time is flying by so quickly!!

I would like to share the latest Challenge YOUrself challenge with you this morning:

This is one of my favorite challenges so far!!  If you want to see the song lyrics, head on over to Challenge YOUrself.  Also, you can check out Martina McBride's video here.

In addition, I am participating in the Art Journal Journey this month:

My friend, Valerie, encouraged me to link up my page and I am so very happy that she did!  They have a music theme this month and asked the participants to create a page around a favorite song title and/or lyrics. 

And my take:

With some different views:

and close ups:

I used 2 favorite photos to make this page!  I made this layout at a Stampin Up crop that I was invited to by my friend, Lisa! I cannot thank you enough, my friend!

Thank YOU for stopping by my blog today!  Don't forget:  You're beautiful the way you are!

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

My bliss!

Hi everyone!  Today I would like to share a layout that I made for the More Than Words challenge this month.  Remember how I said that I was going to try to participate in a blog challenge at least once a month for my new year's resolution?  Seems like I made it just before the end of the month!  And . . . here it is:

Word Inspiration - BLISS
Creative Challenge - GESSO

 I was fascinated by this challenge:  the word bliss was so easy for me to use:

When I think of bliss, I think of my adopted daughter, Anne, and her friends that were adopted from China that very same year.  Some of them were even from the same orphanage!  Nothing makes my happier than seeing them together after all of these years.  They are all 13 now!  Where does the time go??

For the creative part of the challenge, I used white gesso on my stars and under the yellow sunbursts:

I used black gesso in my scallops and I stamped with black gesso on the strips above the scallops:

I had so much fun making this layout!  I want to thank More Than Words for inspiring me to add gesso to my page and to use the word bliss!  

I actually started this layout at a recent weekend crop I attended with a wonderful friend of mine who is a mom of one of the girls in the photo.  Isn't that something?!  Thanks Lisa!!!

And thank YOU for visiting my blog today!  Hugs to all of you.

Monday, March 7, 2016

The Glory of Love!

Good Morning everyone!  I hope you are all enjoying March!  My husband and I celebrated our 26th anniversary this past week - on March 3rd.  I cannot believe that 26 years have gone by so quickly!!  And it all started with a blind date.  My friend and co-worker, Yonnie, arranged our blind date and we are still married 26 years later.  Imagine that!

Here are 2 black & white photos taken at our wedding:

And one taken this past Saturday in Central Park, NYC:

Time flies, doesn't it?  It seems like just yesterday . . .

And today I would like to share a layout I made for Challenge YOUrself!

I used one of my favorite photos taken on Christmas day and used chevrons galore:

I attended a weekend crop and used lots of new Stampin Up goodies.  I also used a quote from a favorite song: The glory of love!

I hope you get a chance to check out this month's Challenge YOUrself challenge!  Get your chevrons out!

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today!  I appreciate your visits so much.  Hugs!