Thursday, February 16, 2017

What a Wonderful World!

Hi everyone!  I hope you all had a wonderful Valentine's Day!  

Today I would like to share 2 holiday layouts I made in keeping with the Fifty Shades of Red theme at Art Journal Journey:

The first is a layout I made using a photo of my family in NYC on Thanksgiving Day:

With a different view:

and a close up:

For my second layout, I used photos taken in 2012 when we visited Peddler's Village for the Christmas lighting celebration:
With a different view:
and a close up:

Thank you, Art Journal Journey,  for always mainspring me to create!  

And thank YOU for your visit to my blog today.  Enjoy the rest of February!  HUGS!!

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Forever Love . . .

Good Morning everyone!  Welcome Tuesday.  I hope you are all having a wonderful February so far.

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

 I used my new paper collection from American Crafts Shimelle Starshine . . .

 . . . some red paint and stickles . . .and a little heart stamp and my alphabet stamps . . .
 . . . and came up with this layout:

Here is a close up:
The photo was taken on John's and my 25th anniversary in New York City.  This was just outside the Statue of Liberty.  What a view!!

And here is a different view of my layout:

I am also entering my page in the Art Journal Journey challenge this month:

Their theme for the month of February is Fifty Shades of Red!

Thank you, AJJ, for always inspiring me to go a little farther with my scrapbook pages.

 . . . and please check out the current Challenge YOUrself challenge!!!

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today.  HUGS!

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Winter Peace

Good Morning everyone!  Welcome February!

Today I would like to share a layout that I recently made for the current Kraft + challenge and I am going to share some photos of snow, too!

Isn't the sketch beautiful?  I was asked to be a guest designer this month!!

I am very happy and honored to have made this layout for their challenge:

 Here is a different view:

And a close up:

I love winter and snow.  Especially snow!  It seems to blanket everything and bring peace to a chaotic world for a little while.  Don't get me wrong, I don't like shoveling it or driving in it when it's treacherous, but I just love the magic snow brings to the earth.  What do you think about snow?

I encourage all of you scrappers to check out the Kraft + challenge this month.  Thanks once again, Kraft +, for asking me to guest design this month!

I am ending my post with some snow photos of snow taken in our back yard and at the farm down the street from us last year.  Unfortunately, we haven't had much of it yet this year.  But I know, there is still plenty of time left in winter . . .

This week's Our Beautiful World prompt is "Beautiful!"

What could be more beautiful than snow?

And one of my favorites is the one taken of the full moon . . .

So peaceful!!!  Thank you, Our Beautiful World!

And thank you so much for visiting my blog today.  Hugs to all of you!

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