Sunday, February 17, 2019


This is my great nephew Silas, he loves creating and drawing.   I just loved these two pictures of him when I saw them and knew I had to make a layout.

Sketch #171 at  "SKETCH N SCRAP"  was absolutely perfect for the two pictures and after some searching I found some purple paper to go with the shirt he has on.   Plus lucked out again and had one single piece of deep purple card stock to back the patterned paper.    A little washi tap across the top that also blended right in and my layout was ready.   A couple little embellishment circles for some added color, a word phrase tag and my title.

Here is the link for all the months challenges at  "SKETCH N SCRAP"  and the sketch.

Friday, February 15, 2019

Valentine Party

My two granddaughters in Orlando had their Valentines party at their school yesterday.   So I got these fun pictures of them off of Facebook last night and today went right to work on making a layout of them.

I did my own take of the sketch for 2-1-19 at   "LET'S SCRAP"   I didn't totally copy the sketch but did my own twist with it to make it a Valentine themed layout.

Here is the sketch and link to    "LET'S SCRAP".

Nashville Swimming

Still had a few picture from my step-daughters family on their winter vacation they took the end of December.   This was their last stop in Nashville, TN and they stayed at the Gaylord that had a great water park for the kids to play in.   I had a lot of pictures from this stop so I was able to pick my favorite and make this double page layout using February's double page sketch at........


Here is the sketch.

Happy Valentines Day

There was a Valentine Party at DayCare yesterday and Elle loved it.   They had special treats and Valentines for everyone,  breakfast even had tinted pink oatmeal and pink milk.  
The room was decorated and everyone had their picture taken.   Then in Art Class they played with pink and red  colors and colored hearts.

I used the single page sketch at  "STICK IT DOWN"  to make this layout.   I used a cut file for my open heart and then just pulled out all my scraps of Valentine themed papers and cut the little banners to add to the right side.

Here is the sketch  and  link to  "STICK IT DOWN".

Wednesday, February 13, 2019


I took this picture of my Granddaughter Mylan over Christmas while we were sitting on the couch talking.    I just love that its not posed and that tiny little smile starting on her face.

I used the sketch #170 at  "SKETCH N SCRAP"    Plus the bonus, other than my two big background papers, all the other paper I pulled out of my scrap drawer.    I love it when I can do that.   I save these papers hoping to use them and now I used a big variety.

Here is the link to the blog  "SKETCH N SCRAP"  and all their monthly challenges and below is the sketch I used.

3 Dog Night

I'm using the February sketch at   "LET'S GET SKETCHY"  for this layout.

When my Dad spends the night at my brothers, its not just his dog that sleeps with him its all the dogs and they aren't small dogs.    Tonight it was a 3 dog night and many times it has been a full 4 dog night.   I don't see how he moves when they all join him.

Here is the sketch and the link to  "LET'S GET SKETCHY"  

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

St. Louis Arch

Another project I have started working on this month is layouts about special places in my home state of Missouri.   This last weekend I did a double page about Kansas City Plaza Area.   Then just now I finished this layout of the St. Louis Arch.   I just love this winter nighttime picture of the Arch.

While I was making this layout I had the 2nd week of February prompt at  "LASTING MEMORIES" for making this layout.   Challenge #433   Black + White + Green..

Here is the link to  "LASTING MEMORIES"  and all the details.

LM #433 - Black + White + Green

Hello, everyone! Good Sunday morning to you! Before we get to this week's challenge, I want to apologize for not getting the January winners post up this past week. I had a death in my family and I have been dealing with that. I will have the winners post up by Tuesday.

Now for the challenge - our theme for February is Black + White + one other color and this week that color is green!

LM #433 - Black + White + Green - Create a layout using only these three colors.

I don't know about you, but I am really enjoying these color challenges and the beautiful creations from the design team!

Now it's your turn - link up your layouts below by Saturday, March 2nd for a chance to be our guest designer and for a chance to win this:


My son had a destination wedding in Cabo almost 11 years ago.    I immediately made them a wedding album with all the wedding pictures and started on the vacation part of the trip in an album for us.   But I never finished it.   So I've gone back now and redid a couple of pages and added more to the album.

This page with pictures from our resort at Cabo I'm entering Challenge #LM432 at
"LASTING MEMORIES"   the challenge is Black + White + Blue,    My background paper is all black and white and then all my strips of paper, my embellishment cloud and the thinkers I
used for the tile are all in shades of Blue.  

Here is the link and all the information at  "LASTING MEMORIES"

LM #432 - Black + White + Blue

Hello, everyone! Welcome back to Lasting Memories! We are so happy you are here today! It's Superbowl Sunday will you be watching the game? I'm sure we will have it on but I don't know how much of it I will be watching!

It's a new month and that means a new theme and a new set of challenges here at Lasting Memories. Denise is our hostess for February and will be providing our challenges for us. Our theme is - Black + White + one other color, and our first challenge is:

LM #432 - Black + White + Blue - Create a layout using only these three colors.

Saturday, February 9, 2019

Margaritas and Mexican Food = YUM

We have now found our favorite Mexican place in the lake area.    Bonus is they have a special on jumbo Margaritas every night which is my favorite.     This time I had the loaded burrito and Arthur had the special fajita plate, shrimp, chicken, steak and even pineapple.    We both left stuffed and very happy.

I'm entering this layout at  "USE YOUR STUFF"  Challenge #346 is In The Kitchen.
Plus the bonus for me was that I used two straws I had in my stash on this layout.

02/04/19 - Challenge #346 In The Kitchen 

Hi there...
Doreen here!

This is my first time hosting a challenge since becoming a Design Team Member w/ "Use Your Stuff".
I was excited to be chosen to host this particular challenge because it couldn't be any more perfect for me: it's called  - In the Kitchen!
Okay, so TBH I don't cook or bake, but my husband does...he bakes A LOT!
But regardless, this challenge isn't ONLY about being in the kitchen, you can create any type of project that is Food or Drink related!
I am a huge Foodie, check out my Instagram if you want to see ::wink:: Doreen's Insta,
so even if I don't have a photo of my husband's baked goods to scrap, I have plenty of other food-related photos to use instead.

I'm sure you have something to share also...
so please, come play w/ us and let me see those yummy creations!

Friday, February 8, 2019

My Bear

We took Elle to get a Build A Bear on her 2nd Birthday day.   I had no idea that on your birthday month if you are a member of their club you get a bear for the cost of  your age.    So after our trip for  her party to play with the cats at the Cat Cafe off we went to the Mall.  She loved her bear but the kiosk was in the line of sight of the kids playground area, so that was her main focus.  Let's get this bear and go play.

I used the February Jump Start Sketch at   "THE SCRAP ROOM BLOG"

Here is the sketch and all the details.

Your challenge is to create a layout inspired by the sketch.
You can flip it, turn it, etc. as long as we can tell your layout was inspired by the sketch.
Your layout must be NEW as of February 2, 2018
You must be a FOLLOWER of our blog
You must link your entry below with Mr Linky by
February 29th, 11:59 PM (PST)
You must include a LINK back to this challenge post when posting your layout on your blog or gallery.

TSR Kit Club subscribers AND non-subscribers
are encouraged to play along with us and although we would love for you to us a TSR Kit,
it is not a requirement to participate in the challenge.
Here is the prize you are playing for:

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

1 Nap 2 Naps

These pictures were taken Christmas Eve afternoon.    The house was full of family and Elle just did not want to go to her bed for a nap so Mom and Dad finally gave up and let her come back downstairs with everyone.    She loves her Papa (great-grandfather) so we asked if she wanted to sit on Papa's lap and rest and that got a big YES,    It wasn't long and she was fast asleep.    Luckily Papa was in a comfortable chair and didn't need to move because next time we went to look (and take more pictures, Papa was asleep too.)   LOL     I have been waiting for over a month now to find just the right sketch and challenge to scrap these pictures.

The February Saturday Cartoon Inspired Stash Challenge at  "SCRAP OUR STASH"  was my inpiration finally.      I used the sketch and I have more than 3 hearts on my layout, not counting the big die-cut one.

Here is the link to  "SCRAP OUR STASH CHALLENGE BLOG"   and all the information.

Hello and welcome to the reveal of our 
February Saturday Cartoon Inspired Stash Challenge
The Challenge:
Create a layout inspired by the sketch and the cartoon image and you must use

• Your layout must be NEW as of  February 1, 2019
• You must be a FOLLOWER of our blog
• You must link your entry on our side bar with Mr. Linky by
February 28th, 11:59 PM (PST)
• You must include a LINK back to this challenge post when posting your layout on your blog or gallery.

Click HERE for complete SOS Challenge Guidelines
Here is the prize you are playing for:
ScrapRoom Kit Club 
Gift Card

Beauty Day

I made this layout for the February Scrappy Friends double challenges.      I used the sketch for February at  "ROCHELLE SPEARS BLOG"  and then the inspiration photo for February at
"SCRAP WITH STACY"   It is always so fun to combine these two challenges.

Here is the link to "ROCHELLE SPEARS BLOG"  and the great sketch for the month.   I really like it and I'm going to file it away because I'm sure I will be using it again.

And here is the link to  "SCRAP WITH STACY"  and the February Photo Inspiration.   I was inspired but the flowers that I added to my layout and the colors of them pinks and purples that I used with the flowers and the papers.

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Valentine for hubby

I loved the saying on this card, it is so true.   But I also wanted to use the traditional Valentine colors of Pink and Red even though this is for my husband.   So I have a pink card base, pink in the hearts and the little cutout that I stamped to match the saying, then there is red and pink and the same green in my background colors.

I'm entering this Valentine card in two challenges

First off its the   "PILE IT ON"   Challenge #151.

Pile It On! Challenge #151 - Pretty in Pink
Thanks to everyone who joined our January challenge! Our winner & Sweet Sprinkles will be announced next Sunday, February 10th.

Our new challenge for you is Pretty in Pink. You may create whatever you like, as long as you are inspired by at least one other Challenge theme. Join us on February 17th for a bonus theme! 


Then also at  "THE PAPER PLAYERS"   Theme #PP246 - Love is in the Air

Valentine Card Time

I've started making all of my Valentine cards for my family, kids, grandkids etc. etc.

This card I'm going to enter in three different  challenges.  It's that time of year.   :)

Challenge #473 at  "JUST US GIRLS CHALLENGE BLOG"  


Challenge Week #505 Love at  "ALL SORTS CHALLENGES"

Week 505 - Love

Morning all, Helene here and it's my time to initiate this week's challenge. We're getting close to Valentine's so the theme for this week is Love. We have a lovely stamp for a lucky winner, just look at it!


Challenge #151 at   "PILE IT ON"

Pile It On! Challenge #151 - Pretty in Pink

Our new challenge for you is Pretty in Pink. You may create whatever you like, as long as you are inspired by at least one other Challenge theme. Join us on February 17th for a bonus theme! 

We're sponsored by All Dressed Up Stamps and one lucky participant will win 2 digi stamps from their store. The prize winner and Sweet Sprinkles will be announced on March 10th.

Monday, February 4, 2019

Stowe, VT

Our kids from Orland area went on a winter vacation, spending a lot of time in Stowe, VT.    Besides snow skiing, dog sledding, they even had time for regular sledding with Dad at the lead.
They posted so many pictures of Facebook I've had a lot of pictures that I've been able to scrap and its been so much fun.

For this layout I used the newest sketch for February #359 at  "SKETCHES N THYME"
Here is the sketch and the link to the challenge is above.