Monday, April 12, 2021

Perfect . . . for More Than Words!

Hi everyone!  It's the 12th of April and time for the  More Than Words Main Challenge second design team reveal.  (That includes me!  The first design team reveal is posted on the 1st of the month.) 

 


Just to let you know, More Than Words is a challenge site that has a Main Challenge and a Mini Challenge every month.

The Main Challenge runs the entire month and contains a word inspiration and a creative challenge. Both need to be incorporated into your project.  The Main Challenge is open to projects like layouts, canvases, art journal pages or OTPs.  

The Mini Challenge always runs the last 2 weeks of each month and contains one word inspiration and must appear on your project.  The Mini Challenge is open to cards, tags, postcards, and ATCs only.

This month's Main Challenge:


The Word Inspiration for April is Perfect and the Creative Challenge is the above sketch!

Here is my page:

It doesn't happen very often, but my husband, daughters, and I had a PERFECT morning when we took this photo! I enjoyed working with the creative SKETCH to make my layout using papers and embellishments from my stash.  

Here are some close-ups:




Don't forget . . . there are amazing prizes to be won! More Than Words has changed to a "Regional Prize Structure" this year and there will be multiple Main Challenge Winners, one or more for each Region as follows: "Aussies and New Zealanders," "Europe," "USA," and "The Rest of the World."

I hope that you get a chance to check out the More Than Words Main Challenge this month!  I know you will enjoy it.

And thanks so very much for stopping by my blog today.  I hope you are having a wonderful April.  HUGS!

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Christmas . . . for Challenge YOUrself!

Hi eveyone!  It's the 7th of the month and time for a new reveal at Challenge YOUrself:

This month's theme is "Alphabet Soup:"

For "Alphabet Soup," Challenge YOUrself would like you to pick one letter and use it in various ways on your layout.  For example, if you chose the letter P, you can use PAINT, PEARLS, PATTERNED PAPER, etc, and a use word that begins with P in your title.  

I chose the letter C and here is my take:


With her permission, I used a COURSE kit by Di Garling. 

Here is a photo of her original beautiful layout:

Please view Di Garling's blog to see all of her beautiful kits!! Her kits come with all of the supplies you need to make the layout as well as printed instructions with photos and a video, too!

I also used : a CHRISTMAS theme, CHIPBOARD pieces, patterned CARDSTOCK (by AB Studios), the color CRIMSON, gold glitter with CRYSTALS, and my title: CHRISTMAS!

Here are some different views of my layout:



 

 I would like to link up my layout to the Art Journal Journey theme this month.

When I went to their blog to check out this month's theme, I was very saddened to read that Eileen, from The Artful Crafter's Blog, who was supposed to be the host of this month's challenge, had passed away after recent surgery.  The Administrators of Art Journal Journey Monthly decided to honor her by keeping her theme this month. When I read this, I knew that I had to link up my scrapbook page to her challenge, which is "Inspired by." I was inspired by Di Garling and her scrapbook kits this month.   (I hope you get to check out all of her kits using the above link.)  And I especially hope you get to check out Art Journal Journey Monthly, too!! 

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog today.  HUGS!

Thursday, April 1, 2021

Enjoy Every Moment . . . for Scrap the Boys!

Hi everyone! I am so excited to welcome April and warmer weather.  I can finally feel Spring in the air, which makes me very happy.  

And with a new month, comes a new scrapbook challenge. Today I am sharing my latest layout that I made it for the April challenge at Scrap the Boys:

Here is the challenge board for this month at Scrap the Boys:

 

It's a monochromatic challenge. Pretty cool mood board, right?

And here is my take:

I have been very nostalgic lately and have been using vintage photos from my mom's photo albums.  This one is of my dad taken on the boardwalk in Atlantic City in 1959!!  I used old Blue Fern Studios paper, chipboard and ephemera from my stash.  Thought they were perfect for this monochromatic challenge.

 Here are some closeups:


I hope you get a chance to participate in our challenge this month.  I had so much fun and I know you will, too.

Happy April!  I appreciate all of you so much. Hugs!!! 

Friday, March 12, 2021

Carpe Diem . . . for More Than Words!

Hi everyone!  It's the 12th of the month and time for March's More Than Words Main Challenge second design team reveal.  (That includes me!  The first design team reveal is posted on the 1st of the month) 

For those of you who don't know, More Than Words is a challenge site that has a Main Challenge and a Mini Challenge every month.

The Main Challenge runs the entire month and contains a word inspiration and a creative challenge. Both need to be incorporated into your project.  The Main Challenge is open to projects like layouts, canvases, art journal pages or OTPs.  

The Mini Challenge always runs the last 2 weeks of each month and contains one word inspiration and must appear on your project.  The Mini Challenge is open to cards, tags, postcards, and ATCs only.

This month's Main Challenge:

As you can see, the Word Inspiration for March is Carpe Diem and the Creative Challenge is Markmaking!

Here is my page:


Our youngest daughter, Anne, has shown us from day one that she is able to overcome many obstacles to obtain her dreams. I took this photo during the fall of her high school senior year, & to me, it definitely illustrates how she loves to seize the day, aka CARPE DIEM! For the creative challenge, MARKMAKING, I marked my border with hand-drawn squares to draw your eye in to the photo. And to accentuate it more, I drew scallops around Anne's photo.

Here are some close-ups:




And don't forget . . . there are amazing prizes to be won at More Than Words! Just to review, this year, MTW has changed to a "Regional Prize Structure," whereby there will be multiple Main Challenge Winners, one or more for each Region as follows: "Aussies and New Zealanders," "Europe," "USA," and "The Rest of the World."

I hope that you get a chance to check out the More Than Words Main Challenge I know you will enjoy it!

And thanks so much for stopping by my blog today.  HUGS!

Sunday, March 7, 2021

I am Sharon . . . for Challenge YOUrself!

Hi everyone!

Today I am sharing a layout that I made for this month's newest theme at Challenge YOUrself:

This month is about getting to know more about YOU! 

Hello, my name is . . .

Here is my completed page:

I used beautiful papers from the 49 and Market "Admit One" collection, flowers and embellishments from my stash, and typed adjectives describing me on the tabs.  I featured the lyrics from the Alessia Cara song "Scars to Your Beautiful" because I truly believe that everyone is beautiful just the way we are!!!

Here are some close-ups:




I hope you get a chance to check out Challenge YOUrself this month!  Those of us at Challenge YOUrself  would love to get to know all of you a little better!

And thanks so very much for stopping by my blog today.  HUGS!

Monday, March 1, 2021

Happy . . . for Scrap the Boys!

Hi everyone . . . Happy March!

Today I am sharing my latest layout!  I made it for the newest challenge at Scrap the Boys:


 
This month's challenge is to "take three" of the options listed and to use them on a scrapbook page with a photo of a boy/boys:

I used a cut file, ephemera, and stamping on my page.  I featured the Cocoa Vanilla Studio "Merry and Bright" collection and the beautiful large die cut and backing kit! Here is my take:

I picked a favorite photo of my nephews Owen and Logan taken at Christmas in 2012.  We were at my mom's home decorating gingerbread houses, which was a tradition of hers.  

 

Here are some different views:



I hope you get a chance to play along with us this month!  I know you will have a great time!!  To find out more about the challenge, please check out their blog here!!

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog today.  HUGS!

Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Adore . . . for More Than Words!

Hi everyone!  It's the 16th of the month and time for the Mini Challenge at More Than Words!

The More Than Words Mini Challenge always runs during the last 2 weeks of the month and is for cards, tags, postcards, and ATCs only.  The Mini Challenge requires you to use one specific word and the actual word must be seen on your project.

This month's mini-challenge word is Adore

Here is my take:

I adore flowers and butterflies - I really do! I was lucky enough to use images from the "Anemones and Friends" CoreStack from ArtStacks to help make my tag.  ArtStacks are packs of inspirational, easy-to-cut-out images made for all forms of papercrafting!  ArtStacks first opened in November of 2020.  They had a getting to know you competition that I participated in and was one of the lucky winners!!!  

I won the amazing Anemones and Friends CoreStack and used the butterfly and flowers to make my tag. 


Pink, orange, and yellow are one of my favorite color combinations!

Here are some close ups of my tag:


I hope you get a chance to play along with the More Than Words Mini Challenge this month.  There are all kinds of fun prizes to win and lots of fun to be had!

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog today!  HUGS!