Sunday, October 26, 2014

A Halloween party and a new scrapbook page to share!

Hi Everyone!  It has been such a long time since I last blogged!  Our lives here have been so hectic, but I did get a chance to scrap today!  YAY!!!  I went looking for inspiration on the web and found an amazing sketch blog entitled Stuck On U Sketches:

I knew that I wanted to scrap a favorite photo that I took at a Halloween party that we attended last weekend.  We try to go every year, because Anne's friends from China always go, and I have made lifelong friendships with the moms of our adopted children.

Here is the photo that I wanted to scrap:

Here is the current sketch from SOUS (October 24, 2014):

And my take on the sketch:

A simple layout and I followed the sketch pretty much to the t.

Here are 2 different views and close-ups:

I would love to share some photos that I took at the Halloween party, because it was the most wonderful extravaganza:

We were greeted by pumpkins and decorations everywhere:

A cool pumpkin patch:

 Anne and Grace picked their pumpkins:

All dressed up:

And of course, we had to get a photo of the dads:

Playing in the leaves:

And a spooky pinata:

 The end of the day:

It was so beautiful:

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog today.  If you get a chance, please check out the latest challenge at Stuck on U Sketches.

Happy Halloween everyone!  Have a wonderful week.  Hugs to you all!

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Cherish each moment!

Good Morning everyone.  Happy Tuesday!  It's a bit wet this morning, but not as cold as it has been the past 2 days, so that is good news!

Today I want to share the latest challenge at Challenge YOUrself!  In case you forgot, it's a blog that challenges you to make a layout with YOU in the photo each time!  Here is their mantra:

"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!"

This month's challenge is all about positive affirmations and Lynn says it so well:

"Do you find that positive self-talk helps you feel better in difficult situations? Do you seek inspirational quotes to get you motivated?  Positive affirmations are a great way to empower your life.   You become what you think and what you believe.  Your thoughts create your reality.  To affirm is to have an intention, a statement.  It is recognizing and asserting YOUrself."

Challenge YOUrself #11 is to scrap an affirmation - one that YOU would like to attract into YOUr life.  And remember, to scrap a photo with YOU in it!!!

Here is my layout:

My family has been through some rough times this past year, but it has brought me to the conclusion that I need to cherish my family and each moment of happiness that they bring!  That is my affirmation!!!

Here are some different views and close-ups:

And I would be lax if I didn't mention that I used the beautiful butterflies and pink lace from Reneabouquets ETSY shop.  You can see more of her beautiful items here!

And speaking of moments to cherish, my twin sister and I just celebrated our birthday and we both took a day off work.  We were blessed to have Katie join us for the day, then go out to dinner that evening:

The Moravian Book Shop in Bethlehem PA:

Enjoying lunch there:

It was such a beautiful day:

And here we are celebrating at dinner that evening:

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog today.  I hope that you all have a wonderful week!  HUGS!!

Friday, September 26, 2014

"Enjoy Life" for ReneaBouquets!

Good Morning everyone and TGIF!  I am very happy and honored to share my last guest design team project for ReneaBouquets.  I can't thank Renea enough for giving me this opportunity! You can learn more about her and her beautiful items here:

ReneaBouquets Shop:
ReneaBouquets ETSY Shop:
ReneaBouquets Facebook Page:

And you can check out her blog is here!

My layout features one more picture taken in my friends' garden.

The amazing hand-made butterflies and roses, the texture paste and Tim Holtz stencil were all purchased from Renea's ETSY shop.  Please check out all of her shops to see her gorgeous items, hand made with love!

Here are some different views of my layout:

A close up of one of Renea's beautiful hand-made butterflies:

And here is a close-up with the photo taken in my friends' amazing garden:

 . . . . . . and last but not least . . . I would love to share some photos that I took after we did a little bit of fall decorating here at our home:

we purchased new fall wreath:

some flowers, pumpkins, and gourds:

 . . . and fall wouldn't be fall without a chrysanthemum:

of course, we needed some corn stalks:

I hope you enjoyed seeing a little bit of our home!  Fall is our favorite time of the year, and we love to celebrate it here.

And thank you so much for following my while I guest designed for ReneaBouquets.  Please check out her websites as mentioned above.  I know you will love everything you see.  Thank you so much, Renea, for the opportunity to guest design for you!

Happy Friday everyone!  HUGS!!

Saturday, September 20, 2014

"Fear no more" . . . for ReneaBouquets

Hi everyone . . . welcome to the weekend!  We are having a cloudy Saturday so far, but we hear that the sun is supposed to come out any time now.  We intend to do some fall decorating and shopping this morning with or without the sun and we are all looking forward to it.  YAY! 

This morning, I would like to share the latest page that I made for ReneaBouquets guest design team.

You can read more about Renea and her beautiful online stores at the following links:

ReneaBouquets Shop:
ReneaBouquets ETSY Shop:
ReneaBouquets Facebook Page:

And I would be remiss if I didn't share her amazing blog link, too, HERE!

Today, my art work, featuring ReneaBouquets' items,  is about experiencing fear no more!  Since the word up at One Little Word this month is fear, I decided to play along with their challenge, too. You can see what their design team and participants made here.

My page:

With some different views:

I used the lyrics from one of my favorite songs from the animated movie "Anastasia."

The beautiful flowers, the gorgeous pin, and the texture paste that I used for my background are all from ReneaBouquets ETSY shop.  The girl was made with my new "Prima" Julie Nutting stamp:

I encourage you to check out Renea's blog and her shops, and also to take a peek at the One Little Word blog this month.  I can assure you that you will be thrilled with what you see! 
And here are some more photos of our sunflowers at sunrise taken yesterday:

Have a great weekend everyone.  Hugs to you all! 

Thursday, September 18, 2014

"Believe in Magic" for ReneaBouquets!

Good Morning everyone!  It's another definite fall weather day here in PA!  I love the cooler weather and we have been enjoying taking walks and being outdoors.  We even started so me fall decorating around our home, too.  And our sunflowers are in full bloom:

Today I would like to share another guest design team layout that I made using beautiful items from ReneaBouquets shops!  Here are the links:

ReneaBouquets Shop:
ReneaBouquets ETSY Shop:
ReneaBouquets Facebook Page:

And the link to her amazing blog is here!

My layout features my beautiful, oldest daughter, Katie.  I took this photo of her during the summer.


And some close ups:

Here is a close up of Renea's dragonflies:

The gorgeous hand-made dragonflies and roses are from ReneaBouquets shops!  And I purchased the texture paste and burlap stencil that I used to make the clouds at Renea's ETSY shop, too!

I made this page for Katie, so that she knows just how special she is!  Here are some more photos that I took of her back in June:


Isn't she beautiful?  John, Anne and I love her so much!!!!

I encourage you to check out Renea's shops to see all of the beautiful items she has available!

Take care everyone and have a wonderful Thursday!

Hugs to all.