Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Sweet Friends . . .

Hi everyone!  Today I would like to share a new layout I made for the current More than Words Challenge! I am trying to stick to my New Year's resolution by entering one challenge a month for one year.One thing this resolution has done for me is that it really motivates me to create one new layout a month!   . . . and it's hard for me to believe that it's August already!  

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Here is the August More than Words Challenge:

Word Inspiration - FRIENDS
Use the word FRIENDS as inspiration for your project.
Creative Challenge - CIRCLES
we want to see circles on your project, as many as you want, however you want. Round and round, until we get dizzy with creativity!

When I looked at the More than Words blog, it blew my mind how much they inspire so many people to create scrapbook pages that are gorgeous and works of art!  If you have a chance you should check it out! 

Here is my take:

With two close ups:

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The word friends really spoke to me this month.  I picked photos of Anne with our dog, Kita, taken in the summer of 2014.  I was taking a photography class and shooting some photos of Anne by the pool when Kita came by and just had to get in the act.  I think these photos really depict the friendship between Anne and her dog, Kita!  I loved the creative part of the challenge, too.  Circles are perfect for the friend theme and I used them in so many different ways here - the photos, the scallops with little circles, the stamping, and my embellies!  And I used the lyrics from a favorite song: "That's What Friends Are For."  

I cannot hank you enough, More than Words, for the wonderful inspiration this month! 

I would like to end with some of the photos that I took in July, 2014, of Anne and Kita: 

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Thank YOU so much for stopping by my blog today!  Hugs to you!!!  

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Be Happy!

Good Morning everyone!  Happy Sunday!

It doesn't happen very often, so I want to share that my hubby and I enjoyed an evening out, just the 2 of us, last night. We went to see the Go Go's at the Sands Event Center in Bethlehem. They were amazing and can definitely still rock!  I think it's great that we had such a wonderful time and can enjoy each others company after 26 years of marriage.

Belinda Carlisle:

But the main reason why I am writing is that today I would like to post a layout I just made for the latest challenge at Challenge YOUrself - a blog that challenges you to scrap a photo with YOU in it!

Here's CY# 32:

I absolutely love the vibrant colors of the artist, Leonid Afremov's painting entitled "Alley by the Lake."  

Here's my take:

With a different view:
 and close ups:

I picked a photo of me, my twin sister, and my dad taken many years ago.  One of my favorite memories as a kid was chasing fireflies and putting them in a jar . . . and then letting them go!!!  I will always cherish these memories of endless summer nights . . . 

I am also linking my page up to Art Journal Journey - this month's theme is "Nature's Wonders."  To me, fireflies are definitely one of nature's incredible wonders!  

Thank you, Art Journal Journey, for having your wonderful monthly challenges.  Your artists are always so amazing and they inspire me each time I visit your blog!!!

I also want to encourage you to check out Challenge YOUrself # 32!  You will love what the talented design team created.

Thank you for stopping by my blog and taking a moment out of your busy day to visit me!!!  HUGS!!!

Thursday, July 14, 2016

My garden . . .

Good Morning everyone and welcome to Thursday!  I am really looking forward to the weekend, how about you?  It will be here before we know it.  YAY!

Today I would like to share a layout that I made for the Sketchy Boards Challenge and Art Journal Journey.

Sketchy Boards has a sketch and an inspiration photo each month.  I have never participated in this challenge site before and is part of my New Year's Resolution to take part in 1 new challenge a month for this year.  I really love their sketch and photo, check them out:

Their amazing sketch:

And their wonderful inspiration photo:

I also want to submit my layout to the Art Journal Journey challenge this month!

Their theme is "In my garden there is . . ."

And here is my layout:

With some close-ups:

I love planting flowers in my garden pots every year!  It is the highlight of my summer.  I used some of the photos that I took to make my page.  Thank you so much, Sketchy Boards Challenge and Art Journal Journey for inspiring me to make my layout!

And thank you for stopping by my blog today!  I hope you are having a wonderful week so far!  Hugs to all of you!!!

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Hooray for Summer!

 Good Morning everyone!  Today's Thursday and reveal day for Challenge YOUrself this month!

 This month's challenge is all about using a summer theme and a PageMaps sketch.  Here is my take:

I used a photo of John and I from our vacation in New England last summer.  

Here are some different views of my layout:

I loved using this sketch, too!

And I also want to share the new design team of Challenge YOUrself for the next 6 months:

I am really looking forward to working with all of these talented ladies!

I hope you are all having a wonderful Thursday.  Thank you so much for stopping by my blog today!  Won't you check out Challenge YOUrself this month?

Thanks and hugs!!!

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Be the Light of the World!

Hi everyone!  I hope you had a wonderful Tuesday!  We are getting some much needed rain today, so I had a perfect evening to scrap!!! YAY!  So far this year, I have stuck to my NY resolution of trying a new scrapbook challenge each month this year! But I always seem to wait until the last  minute - Yikes!

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This month I found an amazing sketch challenge blog called  Let's Get Sketchy!

 They actually have FOUR sketches each month and I absolutely loved week 4's sketch:

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And I couldn't decide on just one, so I am combining the sketch with this month's challenge at the awesome Pixels and Paper Challenge blog:

This month's CRITERIA is distressing in some form:

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So without further ado, here is my layout:

With some close-ups:

I really loved the simple sketch and was instantly inspired by a photo that I took of Anne a couple of years ago.  I also wanted to use some of my new Bo Bunny paper.  And I totally loved distressing my edges for this layout, too!

Thank you, Lets Get Sketchy and Pixels and Paper for the wonderful inspiration to help me stick to my NY's resolution!

And thank YOU for stopping by my blog today!  Hugs to you! 

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!