Thursday, August 27, 2015

Nearing the end of summer!

Good Morning everyone!  I cannot believe that it is August 27th already!  Can you?  For those of you who are having summer right now, it is hard to believe that it's almost over.  I can already feel a bit of chill in the air, especially early in the morning and at night.  I can see that the sky color is changing - becoming brighter and deeper blue, and the days are definitely getting shorter. (When I get up to water my plants in the morning, it's still dark out.) But the biggest difference is that we took our daughter, Katie, back to Penn State University this past Sunday.  It is so quite around here - I'm going to miss her!  Those bittersweet feelings never go away.  And I'm going to miss the hot summer days and swimming in the pool almost every day.  But I know that there are lots of things to look forward to - the fall is my favorite season.  YAY!!  (We will be visiting Penn State at the end of September to see a football game, too.)

Here is something to look forward to right now:

Scrap our Stash's Sketch Challenge #29 is going on till the end of the month!  I am up today at their blog and I would be honored and happy if you checked it out here!

The challenge is a sketch and a tic-tac-toe challenge combined.

Isn't that sketch amazing?  My layout was created using the sketch as my inspiration, then I picked the diagonal row from the tic-tac-toe board and incorporated the color yellow, a summer theme, and stripes onto my page.

Here's my layout:

The photo of Anne taken by our pool this summer. (I just love her smile!!)  And as you can see, I used the summer theme, the color yellow (a few times) and stripes in the awning under the word "hot" on my layout.   

OK, here are some different angles:

And I would like to end my post today sharing some of the photos that I took while on summer vacation two weeks ago.  I feel very blessed that we were able to go on a vacation this summer as a family, including Katie!  We drove up to New England and spent some time driving along the coast.  We enjoyed family and fellowship, along with Lobster rolls and delicious seafood!!!

Here are some of my favorite photos:

Mystic, CT

At the Mystic Aquarium:

Cape Cod, MA:

Plymouth, MA:

And finally, Portland, ME:

I hope you enjoyed taking a walk through our vacation . . . .

Thank you so much for visiting my blog today!  Enjoy these last days of summer, my friends!  HUGS!

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Scrap our Stash Challenge #29!

Hi everyone and welcome to Thursday!  I am up today at the Scrap our Stash blog!

Here's the current challenge for this month:

And here is my take, entitled "I love our home:"

I really like the idea of using items from my stash and loved working on this challenge.  Here are the items that I used as follows:

P: punches (I used a square and paper edger punch)
A: arrow stamp
P: purple colored spritz (I used Dylusions crushed grape)
E: elastic band (I used a turquoise)
R: rick-rak (I used large white and small orange ric-rak)

Here are some different views:

And the Scrap our Stash prize for this month:

I hope you get a chance to check out my page over at Scrap our Stash and participate in the challenge, too!  I would love it you went over and checked it out!

I am also linking my layout to the Art Journal Journey Challenge for this month!

The theme for this month is "time!"  Please check out the challenge here!   
(Thank you Johanna and Susi for encouraging me to link my layout to this challenge!)

In conclusion, I would like to share 3 photos that I took of our sunflowers:

Have a great rest-of-your week everyone!  HUGS to all!!!   ♥ 
Thanks so much for stopping by.  ♥  ♥  ♥ 

Friday, August 7, 2015

Challenge YOUrself Challenge #21 is now open!

Hi everyone and good morning!  Welcome Friday - TGIF!!  I cannot tell you how beautiful the weather has been here the past week or so.  The humidity is gone and we have had some perfect summer days.  YAY!  I hope you are all having good days, too.

Today I would like to share with you the newest challenge over at Challenge YOUrself. Remember, it's the challenge blog that wants you to use photos of YOU on your layouts!

Just a reminder, Lynn, our blog owner says:

"Hey you! The one who likes to snap hundreds of pictures of everyone else. Yes, you know who you are! It's time to start getting in front of the camera and scrapping memories that include YOU in the photo! Join us once a month and challenge YOUrself!"

The challenge for this month is an amazing one as follows:
I loved this idea and immediately knew that I wanted to scrap photos of our oldest daughter, Katie, at her very first piano recital when she was eight years old.  She was amazing - she played the piano and sang!  I decided to keep it simple this time and let the photos shine.  I used paper that I love from Webster's Pages as my background:

 Here is my completed layout:

With some different views:

and a close up:

I encourage to check out the latest challenge at Challenge YOUrself this month!  It is a wonderful blog and it gives you a great excuse to scrap photos with YOU in them!

And in honor of summer, I would like to share some photos that were taken poolside last weekend:

Here's Anne jumping in the pool:

Here I am with my twin, Karen: 

And the last photo is with Karen and Katie!  She's finally home after an intership at Stanford University!!!  We are enjoying her stay, even if only for a short time.  She will be going back to Penn State soon - for her senior year!  Where did the time go?

Have a wonderful weekend everyone!Enjoy! And thank you so much for taking the time to stop by my blog today.  I love your visits!  HUGS!!

Monday, July 27, 2015

Scrap our Stash Sketch Challenge # 28!

Good Morning everyone.  Happy Monday!  Can you believe that we are in our last week of July already?  As I have said before, the summer is flying by this year!

I am posting because I am up at the Scrap our Stash challenge blog today!  If you get a chance, please check it out.

Sketch #28 challenge is currently running and will be closing at the end of this month.  Here is the sketch:

I absolutely loved this sketch.  The challenge is to create a layout inspired by Emma Stafrace's sketch above and you must use a banner somewhere on your layout!  Emma is the guest sketch designer this month and to read more about her check out the SOS blog here!

Here is my take

And some different views:

I used a photo that I took of Anne which really displays her wonderful smile!  And I pretty much followed the sketch closely as I loved it so much!  I also challenged myself to use no inking on this layout - I tried to make it clean and simple to let Anne's smile be the focal point!

Thank you for stopping by my blog today!  I hope you are having a good week!  (I have a stomach virus again and don't like it at all!!! YUCK!)
Hugs to all!!

Monday, July 20, 2015

A farewell to The Summer of Color . . .

This week marks the last week of the Summer of Color:

Kristin just announced that this will be the 5th and final year that she will be hosting this amazing blog event.  Here's what she said:

"So, if it Seems By Now that I'm ending our Summer adventure after five incredible years together, unfortunately, you're right. I know that there will never be an easy time to end it - and honestly my biggest fear is in disappointing you - but I've decided to dedicate the rest of my Summers to spending time with our daughter, who was 4 when I began The SOC and (I can hardly believe it!) will be 10 in a of couple months. I know that I only have a few years left while she still likes me more than her friends, and I want to take advantage of every little minute I can with her. I do hope you understand."

I am sad, but I totally understand that FAMILY comes first.  In my own family, I cannot believe that  my daughters have grown so quickly over the years!  Katie is 21 years old and Anne is 12 years old already.  Where does the time go?  Time is precious and I know that we need to spend as much of it with our families as we can!  
If you want to learn more about Kristin and her mixed media art, please check out her blog here.

I also want to take this time to thank my friend Dawn. You can check out her blog here.  In June of 2013, she encouraged me to join the Summer of Color.  When I did, I was in awe of the talent I found, but more importantly, I really loved how wonderfully supportive the entire SOC community was and still is!

In conclusion -  in honor of Kristin and the Summer of Color, I would like to post all of the six scrapbook layouts that I made this year!  I believe that she and all the the SOC artists have inspired me to do some of my best work!

Week One 
June 8, 2015
Blue + Blue + Green:  ♥ +   + 

Week 2 
June 15, 2015
Pink + Pink + Orange: ♥ +   + 

Week 3 
June 22, 2015
Purple + Purple + Yellow:  +   + 

Week 4 
June 20, 2015
Red + Red + Metallic:  +   + 

Week 5 
July 6, 2015
Green + Green + Pink:  +   + 

Week 6 
July 13, 2015
Orange + Orange + Blue:  +   + 

Once again, Kristin, thank you so much for hosting the Summer of Color for the past 5 years.  Thank you from the bottom of my heart!  And thank you to all of the Summer of Color artists who participated by posting such wonderful works of art each and every week!  Hugs!!!!

Now I can officially say that :

And thank YOU for stopping by my blog today!