Sunday, December 7, 2014

The Christmas Season is here!

Good Morning everyone!  ♥ Welcome to the 7th day of December!   I know that I always say this, but I am amazed at how quickly time is flying by this year.  Wow - the 7th day of Christmas is already here, and I know it is going to be a wonderful one! Can you all feel the holiday spirit in the air?

First of all, I have to thank everyone at Once . . . Upon a Sketch for choosing me as the winner of their very last challenge.  It is quite an honor and I will always appreciate them for it.  Thank you all from the bottom of my heart!  ♥ I wish them all of the best in their future endeavors and I know that we all will miss this blog so much!



Now on to the latest challenge at Challenge YOUrself!



This month is a magical one, and Lynn has asked us to scrap about a holiday tradition. (It doesn't have to be Christmas!!)  Here it is:

Challenge YOUrself #13: Traditions
What are some of your traditions for the upcoming holiday season?  Do you have an old tradition that you continued from childhood or did you start your own?  Tell us about it.  
Remember to include YOU in the photo :)

I did not have to think about this one very much!  I knew right away that I wanted to scrap about our Christmas tree traditions!!  It has become a beloved tradition to invite my sister and her husband over to our house to help decorate.  My sister, Karen, is just so much more technically minded than me, and she always gets our train tracks set up and the Polar Express train started in no time.  Then we always have dinner with our Santa hats on and take fun pictures of us with all of the different hats that we have accumulated over the years.  

Here is my layout featuring a photo of Karen, me, and Anne:


And some different views:



I used my new stash of Webster's Pages "All that Glitters" papers once again, and it is hard to see, but I also added a good dose of gold and red Stickles for some added sparkle!














I can't tell you how much I enjoyed working on this layout and preserving these wonderful memories!

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Now in conclusion, I would like to share some photos that I took early in the morning last weekend of the snow:



  





Happy December everyone!  Don't forget to check out Challenge YOUrself this month!  You won't regret it. 

Hugs to one and all this holiday season! 

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Celebrating my greatest inspiration!

Good Morning Everyone! I cannot believe that today marks the beginning of Thanksgiving week - - - and we will be decorating our home for Christmas soon afterwards!  Oh my goodness, time has flown by this year.  It seems to fly by much faster as I have gotten older.  Our weather has been very winter-like, too.  But I hear that we may be getting some much warmer temperatures today!  YAY!

I would like to share a layout that I just made today.  I used the current sketch from the
Once Upon A . . . Sketch journaling challenge blog. ♥ 

Here's the beautiful sketch:



Their journalling theme this month is . . .  "Inspiration/I am inspired by etc..."

I immediately  knew that I wanted to use this wonderful sketch, and here's the layout I created with my newest scrapbook papers that my daughters gave me from Webster's Pages:


The "All That Glitters" paper started out like this:


Isn't it awesome?  I just HAD to use this paper right away, so I fussy cut a recent (and favorite!!) photo of my daughters, Katie and Anne:


I printed the photo on vellum and reversed it to add their beautiful reflection.  And I sprayed the words with glimmer mist and stamped their reverse images on my page to make the reflection of the words!

My journaling reads as follows:

I've been so many places and have seen many things
But none quite as lovely as the two of you
More beautiful than the Mona Lisa
Worth more than gold
And my eyes have the pleasure to behold you both
I cannot believe that God has graced me with such wonderful daughters
Katie and Anne, you're my greatest inspiration!

I was inspired by Teddy Pendergrass' song "My greatest Inspiration"  for my journaling!  Of course, the words come from my heart!!! ♥ 

And . . . here are some different views of my layout:




I can't tell you how much I enjoyed making this layout and want to thank
  "Once Upon A . . . Sketch" for providing me the inspiration to start my page.  
I couldn't have done it without out you!  HUGS!!!! ♥ 

And now I would like to share some photos that I took when my husband and I went for a walk yesterday morning.  It was cold, crisp, and clear, and the clouds were so pretty:


The farm down the street from us looked so beautiful:


The geese were having a great time on the pond:

And the oak tree still has quite a lot of it's leaves:

As you can see, it's not quite winter here yet!  I think Autumn is still in full bloom!

And a great big thank you to YOU for stopping by my blog today! ♥ 

Hugs to you all and thank you from the bottom of my heart for your visits here!  And to those of you who live in the USA:  Happy Thanksgiving!
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Sunday, November 16, 2014

Another Halloween party page!

Good Morning everyone!  I am sure that lots of you have gotten snow already, but we had our first this past week.  It was enough to coat the ground and trees, and we still have some left on our back deck!  Does this mean that Winter has officially arrived?  I hope not!  I am not quite ready to move from my favorite season to Winter!

Today I would like to share another Halloween party layout with you.  We celebrate Halloween at one of our "travel group's family" home every year.  It has become a wonderful tradition, and we enjoy seeing how much our adopted children have grown each year.  I shared some photos from the party, but I really liked the 2 that I scrapped on this page.  Once again, I used the current sketch from
Stuck on U Sketches.


Th fun sketch that I used is from their November 7th challenge:


And here is my layout:




I really enjoyed using Leah's sketch and had fun with another stitched circle!  Thank you SOUS for providing such a wonderful sketch for us to work with!!

And last but definitely not least, I would like to share some recent black and white photos that I took:

Our black-eyed Susans:

Taken at Jacobsberg Park in Nazareth, PA:


Taken at the Lehigh Parkway in Allentown, PA:



 Taken at Kreidersville, PA:



And these were taken during my walks in our neighborhood.  
We have a cool farm right down the street from us:



Thank you all so much for visiting my blog today.  I hope you enjoyed peeking into this part of the world!  It is a serene and beautiful place to live!!!

And if you have a moment to scrap, check out SOUS!

Friday, November 7, 2014

Thankful!

Good Morning everyone!  I always love waking up when it's Friday!  Yay! What a week we have had, so I am very happy that my work week will be over this evening.  The weather here is cold, windy, and damp, but that doesn't dampen my spirits.  Today I am very excited to share the latest challenge over at Challenge YOUrself:

 This month, we have a sketch challenge.  You all who have been following me, know how much I love sketches, so this challenge was right up my alley.  Here's the sketch:


And here's my take:


With some different views and close-ups:




I loved working on this challenge.  The sketch was amazing to work with, and I knew exactly what picture I wanted to use with ME in it for the challenge.  The one of my with my beautiful daughters!!!  My sister, Karen, too the wonderful photo with my camera at the Women's 5K Classic this year.  Thanks so much, Kar!
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If you are in the mood to make a new scrapbook page, head over to Challenge YOUrself to see what the rest of the design team came up with.  They are so talented and creative!  In Lynn's words:  "There is not a theme this month ~ just the sketch :)  So feel free to incorporate it with any other challenges, as long as you follow their rules too.  But remember YOU must be in the photo!"

As I started process of  creating my layout, I knew that I wanted to enter the One Little Word challenge this month, too, because their word this month is "Thankful!"


Please check out their blog, too.  I am always amazed by the amazing works of art I see there, inspired by just one little word!
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And in closing, I would love to share some photos that I took at the Women's 5K Classic:










Thank you all so much for stopping by and visiting my blog!  I am so happy that you did!  Enjoy your weekend!  HUGS to you!
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