Saturday, January 7, 2017

A Wonderful World!

Good Morning everyone and welcome to the weekend and 2017!  Time seems to by flying by even more quickly every year that I get older, too.  Do you agree?

Today I would like to share a layout that I made for the current challenge at Challenge YOUrself.  As most of you know, I took over running Challenge YOUrself when Lynn Lefebvre had to step down last year and it has been a lot of fun.  I hope you get a chance to check it out and participate in this month's challenge!  Lynn is a guest designer for us this month.

January's challenge is all about Louis Armstrong's song:  "A Wonderful World."

I chose to use a photo that I took of our family during a photo shoot for our Christmas card this year.  I will share some of the "out-takes" with you at the bottom of my post today.  Here is my layout:

With some close-ups:

The beautiful background paper was given to me as part of a kit/Christmas gift, by my sister, Patty.  Thanks, Patty!!!  If you're interested, it is made by Reminisce:

My dear friend, Valerie, encouraged me to join the Art Journal Journey challenge this month, too.  

The challenge is "Tell Me Your Story . . ."  Thank you, Valerie and Art Journal Journey!!!
I encourage YOU to check out their monthly challenges!

Here are some of the photos that I took.  I used a tripod and timer, and took the photos in our backyard. Not everyone was in a good mood, so it was hard to get smiles.  And Kita did not want to cooperate at all! LOL!!!

 . . . and here's the one we finally used for our Christmas card - Kita still wasn't looking at the camera, but at least you can see her face!

Thank you for stopping by my blog today!  I love your visits and comments!!  Hope you all have a wonderful 2017, filled with happiness and health.  HUGS!

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Joy to the World!

Good Morning everyone! I hope you are all having a wonderful holiday season so far!  I have been sick with a terrible cold that has lasted for 3 weeks, but finally am feeling better this weekend.  I am so happy and it made me realize that I take my health for granted sometimes.  I am thankful for the ability to heal!

Today I would like to share an art journal page that I made for this month's challenge at Art Journal Journey.

The theme is "Light and Darkness" and here is an excerpt from their blog:
"December is a dark and cold month in the northern hemisphere and since thousands of years people have been celebrating festivals which bring light into these days.We light candles for Advent, Yule and Chanukka, put lights on the trees, light up our houses and towns with decorations, and look forward to the winter solstice – a festival celebrated by many people in ancient times and today 
– because it means that the days start to get longer again.We want you to show light on your journal pages, to show how light dispels the darkness etc."

I just LOVE this theme - thank you, Valerie!!!
After thinking about the light and darkness theme, I felt I had to make my page about Christmas:

Here are some different views:

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Art Journal Journey for all of the inspiration they have given me this past year!  All of the participants are so creative and talented!  Thank you!

And I want to thank all of YOU for stopping by my blog and leaving such wonderful comments.  Here's wishing you a very happy holiday season and a blessed new year.  Hugs to one and all!  

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Celebrating Joy!

Good Morning everyone!  I hope this blog post finds you in good health and happy spirits.  It is the beginning of the Christmas season and I just love everything about it. ♥  We finished decorating our Christmas tree last weekend and enjoyed spending time with my sister and her husband!!

Today I would like to share a layout I made for Challenge YOUrself #36!

John and I were invited to a holiday ball and had the chance to dress up!  John wore a tux and I actually got to wear a long gown.  We had so much fun!!!  Here is the layout I made for this challenge:

With some close up views:

I hope you get a chance during the hustle and bustle of the holiday season to check out Challenge YOUrself!  
Have a wonderful December.  May God bless each and every one of you this holiday season.  Thank you for all of your wonderful support this past year.  Hugs to one and all!  

Ho Ho Ho!

Sunday, November 20, 2016


Hello everyone!  Welcome Sunday!  I hope you are all having a wonderful November.  For those of you who live in the USA, I know you are getting ready to celebrate Thanksgiving and wish you all a very happy one!  I have the next week off work and am VERY thankful for the time off.  I can't wait to spend it with my family.

Today I would like to share a layout that I made for the November Kraft Plus challenge:

I was intrigued when I saw this month's challenge and decided to look through my closet to see what stood out.  I was surprised to find that I was a lot of polka dots!!

I found a purse, a blouse, and a pair of capris, just to mention a few . . .  I also found that black and white was a big theme in my closet.

Using polka dots as my inspiration,  here is the layout that I came up with:

As you can see, I used a polka dot stencil that I had in my stash, some black and white polka dotted paper, and some pink.  The pink is from the Kate Spade bow on my purse.  I also used  and old "Sketchabilities" Sktech #142 as my basis. I have been wanting to make my sister a layout using the photo of her, me, my cousin, and Susan Branch(I have used this photo in the past), and found that this was the perfect opportunity to do this.  I hope she likes it!!!!!

Here are some different views:

Thank you, Kraft + for inspiring me to make this layout for my sister!

And thank all of YOU for stopping by my blog today.  Have a wonderful week.  Happy Thanksgiving!  Hugs to all of you.  xoxo

Monday, November 7, 2016


Good Morning everyone and welcome to a new week!  Our weather continues to be unseasonably warm!  We have been enjoying it, but I think I would like fall to just come and stay for awhile now . . .

I am sharing a layout I made for the newest Challenge YOUrself challenge:

This month's challenge is all about being thankful!  Because there's so much to be thankful for, I had a hard time picking a photo to use!  I finally decided to use this one taken by my sister, Karen, at the Women's 5K Classic in October, of Katie, Anne, and me.  I made pink the main color of my layout because the run is about breast cancer!!

Here's what I came up with:

I included the lyrics from "I Run for Life" that is always played during the survivor's parade:

And my banner is one from the Crate Paper Thickers that I just received:

I hope it doesn't look too much like the layout I made last month, but I couldn't resist using this "cute" banner here.

I hope that all of your scrappers have a chance to participate in the Challenge YOUrself challenge this month!  Check it out here!

And speaking of thankful, thanks so much for your visit to my blog.  I am VERY thankful for all of YOU!!  Hugs!  Enjoy your November.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Once Upon a Time . . .

Good Morning everyone and welcome to Monday.  I awoke to rain this morning and was very happy to see it. We are in need of rain so much and noticed yesterday that the streams are very low right now.  Thank you, God, for your small miracles that you bestow on us every day.

Today I would like to share a layout that I made for the Scrap our Stash Sketch +3 Challenge as follows:

Here is my layout:

I loved using this sketch as inspiration and used the following items from each list:
List 1: the color "Desert" on my middle flower
List 2: the color "English Green" on my background paper
List 3: flowers

Thank you, Scrap our Stash, for the inspiration to make this layout.  I had this paper and beautiful chipboard from a kit that I purchased from ScrapMatts!!  

Here are some different views and close-ups:

And I would like to end by sharing the photos that I took at Jacobsburg State Park this past summer:

I hope you enjoyed following us through the park!  These were taken at the beginning of September when the weather was still quite warm.  We try to go for a walk together as a family at least once a week during these busy times.  

Thank you so much for visiting my blog today.  Hugs!!!

Friday, October 14, 2016

Dream . . .

Hi everyone!  I am here this evening because I want to share a new scrapbook page that I just made!  I saw a great sketch over at My Creative Sketches and couldn't wait to scrap some favorite fall photos.

Here's the sketch:
Isn't it awesome?

And I am also linking my layout to October's Art Journal Journey.  The theme this month is Indian Summer!

Thank you, AJJ, for having this wonderful autumn themed challenge this month!!!

And I really enjoyed making my layout as follows:

I kept it simple so I could let my photos and the sketch shine.  I used some new scrapbook paper that I received for my birthday from a dear friend:
Thanks, Barb!

Here are some close-ups:

Thank you, My Creative Sketches, and Art Journal Journey for giving me the inspiration to make this scrapbook page!

And here are some of the photos that I took on a warm autumn day back in 2013:

 I can't believe how much Anne has grown since then.  What a difference a few years makes!

I hope you are all enjoying your October!  And thanks for stopping by my blog!
Sending HUGS to you all!!