Friday, November 27, 2015

Once Upon a Time!

Hi everyone and good morning.  For those of you who live in the United States, I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!  Happy Black Friday to all who are shopping today.  And good luck with the crowds, too!

Today I am sharing the latest sketch challenge at Scrap our Stash.  I absolutely loved working with this amazing sketch:


And not only is it a sketch challenge, but the Scrap our Stash team wants you to use items in your stash by picking items in a row, column or diagonal from the BINGO card below:

I picked the vertical row in the middle and used the following items from my stash:  polka dot paper, circles (around my sequined embellishments), a big star (with the word "awesome"), mist (behind the "once upon a time" title), and chipboard embellies including the camera.

Here's my layout:

With some different angles:

And in conclusion, I would like to share some random Black and White photos that I recently shared on Facebook.  I was invited to participate in a 5-Day photo challenge by my dear friend from Australia, and these were the photos that I posted:

Day #1:  This was taken from our car at Penn State University November, 2015:

Day #2: Paris in 2011:

Day #3:  Cape Cod 2015:

Day #4: Jacobsburg Park 2014:

Day #5: NYC March, 2015

This last and final photo that I am going to share with you was taken right down the street from our home. The barn is truly vintage and has been around for a long, long time.  That's why I felt this photo is perfect for this  Our Beautiful World prompt:  Vintage November.

Please check out their blog and everyone's beautiful photography here:

That's it for today!  I hope you enjoyed seeing a little touch of my black and white photography!!

Hugs to all of you who took the time to stop by my blog today!  Have a wonderful weekend.

Friday, November 13, 2015

I Love U!

Good Morning everyone!  TGIF!!  YAY!  I am so happy that the weekend is here.  And I hope you are all enjoying your November so far.  Can you believe that we are nearing the end of week two already?
I can't . . .

Today I would like to share a layout that I made for Scrap our Stash's Stash Challenge #32.

I love using up items in my stash!  This month I used the following items for the challenge:

A~Arrow (pink chipboard)
B~Beads (aqua and pink)
U~the letter "U" (in my title: I love U)
M~Metal pin and chain
S~Star template and star printed paper

And here is my layout:

I found this photo of John and I taken back in 1998 and knew that I wanted to scrap it for this challenge.  We were going to a dance with two of my sisters and their husbands and had a wonderful evening.  It was just like going to the prom!  (And look how young we both looked back then!) 

Here are some different views:

I really enjoyed making this page.  And speaking of using items in my stash, I used paper from Pinkfresh Studios that I was hoarding for months!  It's called "Happy Things."  I am glad that I finally had a reason to use it!!!

I encourage all of you scrappers out there to join in on the fun at Scrap our Stash this month.  

And I would like to share some photos that I took of Anne in her Halloween costume this year.  She is growing up so quickly and went trick-or-treating with friends and then had a Halloween sleepover this year.  So I had to snap some photos of her quickly before she left for her fun.  

Here's our Spider Girl:

That's it for today!  I hope you all have a wonderful weekend.  Thank you so  very  much for stopping by my blog today!  HUGS!!!

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Sharon and her camera!

Good morning everyone!  It's the end of the first week of November already!  I love November and I know that a lot of you do, too.   Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays of the year . . . and wow.  Have you seen the leaves lately?  They look amazing right now.  I will share some recent photos that I took of autumn at it's best at the end of my post . . .

But for now, I would like to share the latest challenge that is up at Challenge YOUrself.
Here's CY #23:

 I picked the diagonal line with the &, YOU, and the doily.  Here is my take:

I wanted to make my layout look like a Tic-Tac-Toe board and had so much fun making this one.  I used one of my favorite scrapbook paper lines - Webster's Pages - for my background paper.  I have been wanting to scrap photos from my very first photography class that I took from Lisa Fury in 2011.  After taking that class, I have been hooked on photography ever since.  You can check out Lisa's photography blog here:  But I have to warn you, her blog is addicting!!!!!

Here are some different views of my layout:

And I would like to end my post with some photographs that I recently took at the stream by our home.  Here's autumn splendor at it's best.

First of all, I am sharing my first photo at the blog entitled Our Beautiful World:  OBW:

OBW is a blog that wants to share the beatuy of the world as seen through your camera lens!  It was started by my friend, Kirsty, and if you want to learn more about it, you can check it out at the above link!!  This week's prompt is "space" and I feel that this photo really exemplifies the space here in my neighborhood during autumn!

And here are some more photos to share:

I am still taking classes given by Lisa and these photographs were taken as part of our "details" lesson.  I cannot tell you how much I am loving these lessons and just taking photos!

Happy November everyone!  And don't forget to check out Challenge YOUrself this month.  Hugs to all.

♥    ♥ 

Tuesday, October 27, 2015


Hi everyone and welcome Tuesday!  It is the last week of October and Halloween night is almost here.  We are planning to have some fun with my sister and her family!  Hope you do, too.

Today I would like to share a layout I made for the Scrap our Stash Sketch challenge - #31 Here's the wonderful sketch by guest sketch artist Christine Meyer:

The challenge is to create a layout inspired by Christine's sketch must include METAL on your page.  

I really enjoyed working with Christine's sketch! I used just one photo for my layout and added 2 frames on either side to mimic her sketch. For the metal part of the challenge, I added some metal brads and a metal circular paper clip. Here is my layout:

I just got a new star template from "Stampin Up" and LOVED using it with gold and white texture paste for the star background.  Of course, I scrapped a photo of my two favorite stars!!! I also found the lyrics to an old Madonna song that I like entitled "Lucky Star."

Here are some different views:

Thanks for stopping by and taking a peak at my layout. I am looking forward to seeing what you all create for this challenge! You can check it out at the Scrap our Stash blog here!

And to get you in the mood for Halloween, I took a photo when the sun was just setting a couple of nights ago.  Spooktacular!

Happy Halloween!  Hugs to all!!!

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Rest in Peace, Regina!

I want to let you all know that John's mom, Regina, passed away peacefully last Wednesday.  She was quite sick - - from heart disease and an autoimmune disorder called CREST Syndrome.  We are very saddened by her loss, but find comfort that she is no longer suffering and we know that she is in Heaven with her loved ones.

“For we know that if the tent that is our earthly home is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.”                     ~Second Corinthians 5:1~

Here is her obituary:


Regina D. Fritchman, 79, of Nazareth, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, October 14, 2015, at St. Luke’s University Hospital, Fountain Hill, surrounded by her loving family.  She was the wife of the late Allen W. Fritchman with whom she shared 48 years of marriage before his death in 2009.  Born in Nazareth on September 02, 1936, she was a daughter of the late John and Katie (Bensing) Hagenbuch.  Regina was a graduate of Nazareth High School, class of 1954.  Prior to her retirement, she was employed by the County of Northampton at Gracedale as a medical assistant for 30 years.  Regina was an active member of St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Nazareth, where she was a past president of the council, served on the worship, music and 150th anniversary committees, and sang on choir.  Survivors: She is survived by her sons, John A. Fritchman and his wife, Sharon of Nazareth and James W. Fritchman and his wife, Janice of Hatboro; four grandchildren, Katie, Anne, Sarah and Michael; a brother, Walter Hagenbuch and his wife, Sandy of Boston, Massachusetts; a sister, Irene Neel of Palmer Township; along with many nieces and nephews.  In addition to her husband, Allen, she was preceded in death by two sisters, Marian Fair and Bernice Butz.  Services: will be held on Tuesday, October 20, 2015, at 11:00 A.M. in St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 200 S. Broad Street, Nazareth, PA 18064.  Friends and relatives are invited to call on Monday evening from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. and Tuesday morning from 10:00 A.M. to 11:00 A.M. all in the church.  Interment will follow in Hope Cemetery, Hecktown.  Arrangements are under the care and direction of the GEORGE G. BENSING FUNERAL HOME, Inc., Village of Moorestown – Bath.  Contributions: may be made in memory of Regina to the Music Fund and/or the Building Fund of St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church.

I would like to share some photos of her:

 . . . as a child:

with her siblings:

  . . . from her wedding:

   . . .  family photos:

In conclusion, I am sharing a verse from one of her favorite hymns:

Abide With Me,  Hymn #552
"Hold Thou Thy cross before my closing eyes,
Shine through the gloom, and point me to the skies.
Heaven's morning breaks, and earth's vain shadows flee;
In life, in death, O Lord, abide with me!"

Text: Luke 24: 29
Author: Henry F. Lyte
Composer: William H. Monk

Thank you for stopping by my blog today. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for all of your wonderful thoughts and prayers, too.  Hugs!

Friday, October 16, 2015

"Fabulous Memories" for Scraptober Fest!

Hi everyone!  Today I would like to share a layout that I made for a very exciting event going on right now called Scraptober Fest!

Four awesome challenge sites have teamed up to bring you the ultimate challenge and the chance to win multiple prizes!  Sounds like fun?  Then read on . . .

This is how the challenge works:
Each challenge site is hosting a challenge on their blog for a chance to win a prize.
For each challenge that you complete and link at their site, you will be entered into the prize drawing for that blog.

The challenges:

Challenge YOUrself:

Scrap our Stash:

Now here’s the fun, challenging part… If you create a layout, combining all (4) challenges on one layout and link it up to each participating blog, you will be eligible for a chance to win the Scraptober Fest bonus prize: 
A $40 gift card generously provided by all (4) challenge sites.  The winner of the Bonus Prize will have (2) options for their gift card:
(A) $40 gift card to shop with one of our sponsors…winners choice  
(B) (2) $20 gift cards to shop with any two of our sponsors…winners choice

And don't forget to read the rules for Scraptober Fest here!      

Here is my take for the challenge:

I had such a great time working on this layout for FOUR different challenges combined for the Scraptober Fest Challenge Event!! My Scraps and More: I loved the beautiful color scheme, which was perfect for my photos from our recent vacation! Challenge YOUrself: It was fun scrapping a photo with ME in it! This photo of me with my husband at the beach is a favorite of mine!! Scrap our Stash: In addition, I added four different types of Washi tape (pink, yellow, blue, and aqua) to my page. The Memory Nest: Finally, I loved using the sketch, which I turned it on it's side and had some creative fun with it!

Now it's your turn!  Check it out at all 4 of the different sites!!  And most importantly, have fun!!