Friday, December 20, 2019

My Poinsettia Arrangement

This is a page from my December Daily, some pages are by days events and others are just my December decorations and such.   I don't remember where I bought this arrangement but I remember I loved it as soon as I saw it and it has been on my dining room table well over 15 years now.

I'm entering this at  "LASTING MEMORIES"  for their challenge #476 - National Poinsettia Day.

Now, for this week's challenge. The theme for December is - December - Daily Holidays, Special & Wacky Days - a fun spin for this holiday season - and this week's challenge:

LM #476 - Team B - National Poinsettia Day is celebrated on Dec 12 - Your challenge is to use poinsettias on your layout in some form.

These beautiful flowers are a well-recognized symbol of Christmas. Poinsettia Day was officially declared by an Act of Congress. It is in honor of  Joel Roberts Poinsett, who died on December 12, 1851. Poinsett was the first Ambassador to Mexico. Poinsett brought this colorful plant back to his plantation in the U.S.  He grew the plants in his Greenville, S.C plantation and gave them out as gifts to friends. 

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Christmas Joy

My daughter, son-in-law and 2 yr old granddaughter moved into their first house this April so this is their first Christmas of no apartment living or living with her uncle while they were house hunting and saving more for a house for a few years.   So she has loved decorating all over the house.   I gifted her so many of my decorations that I'm just to lazy to put out anymore and then she went shopping for new things on her own, like the snow day sign that is on their landing coming down the steps from the bedrooms.

I'm entering this layout at  "SOUL SCRAPPERS"  for their tic-tac-toe challenge #54.
I went with the diagonal top left to bottom right.... Red/Green/White, Christmas Theme & the word Joy.     I could have used lots of ways, as I have used all the squares except Designer paper.

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Oh Christmas Tree

This is our 3rd year in a row going to Silver Dollar City for their Christmas Festival.   They had new lights on their big tree this year and the show was fantastic,  the lights changed colors, synched to music, displayed words and images, like angels, horse drawn sleigh, candle, snowflakes.   It was beyond spectacular.
I knew I wanted to scrap a lot of different pictures I took of the tree (and I could do this layout again and still have a few pictures left.  LOL)
I did my own take on the double page sketch for December at "STICK IT DOWN"  instead of making tree embellishments like so many did to follow the sketch I just decided to print one other tall picture of the tree.   I like how it turned out.

Here is the link to this challenge at  "STICK IT DOWN".

I am also going to enter this layout at  "LASTING MEMORIES"  for Challenge #LM 475 -
Wacky Holiday - Mitten Tree.

It's time for our last set of challenges for 2019. Our theme for December is 'Daily Holidays, Special & Wacky Days' - a fun spin for this holiday season. Our first challenge for December is:

 LM #475 - Team A - Mitten Tree Day is celebrated on Dec 6- Your challenge is to either scrapbook a Christmas Tree or about Mittens 

Christmas Decorations

I love sleighs around for the holiday and these are two of my favorites.   The one with Santa and his list I bought at a close-out after Christmas probably 10 years ago.   The other on I bought empty at least 20 years ago and I tied the bells around them and just added sprigs of greenery and berries to the inside and then I stuck in some candy canes.   FYI.  You shouldn't stick a candy cane to eat from there because most of these are the original ones I added.   LOL

For this layout I used the sketch for DT #3 at  "SKETCHES IN THYME"    I love making
Christmas layouts so every year I have layouts of my decorations and this is the first one I've made so
far for this year.    Another fun fact about the papers that I used, they are from 3 different Christmas
paper stacks I have, one that I bought this year and two from stacks I bought in the past.   I like
mixing papers and elements from different manufacturers.

Here is the link and the sketch at  "SKETCHES IN THYME"

Monday, December 16, 2019

Early Gifts

My son, my grandson Kai and granddaughter Mylan were in Missouri from Texas to celebrate Thanksgiving with all the family.    They will be with their Moms family over Christmas so my
daughter had some of their gifts already and let them open them while they were in town.
So they had some early Christmas gifts.   They will have to wait like everyone else for their other gifts because now they are all mailed out to them.

I made this layout with "SCRAP OUR STASH"  December Saturday Cartoon Inspired Sketch Challenge.      I was inspired by the red and green colors n the cartoon picture and my pictures have my very own little male and female Smurfs.   😁😁😁    You also have to have a ribbon and gold on your layout,  I added 3 tags with bows to my layout and the gold is the center of my ornament embellishment.

Check out the challenge here at  "SCRAP OUR STASH"!!!

Deck the Halls

I love sitting in the dark in my living room at the end of the day with only the lights on from the tree.
I feel so peaceful just sitting there and watching the lights twinkle in the darkness.
The other night before I went to bed, I took a couple of close-up pictures of some of the ornaments and I thought they would work great with this sketch #190 at  "SKETCH N SCRAP"

Then I saw the challenge #388 that was announced today at "USE YOUR STUFF" and I knew my layout would work great also for this challenge.   Plus I loved getting into my Christmas Stash and using some of my goodies.

Challenge #388 - It's Christmas Time!

Happy Monday!! Heather R here and it is my turn to share this week's challenge.  Hard to believe we are less than 10 days away from Christmas!  My kids are counting down.  So it seems only fitting to have a Christmas themed challenge for this week

Sunday, December 15, 2019

Merry Christmas - Ho Ho Ho

Sorry for the shadows on my layout while taking the pictures, we are starting a pretty good snow here today so had to turn on extra lights for my picture taking.

The latest sketch at "SKETCH N SCRAP"  #191 was perfect for this group of 3 pictures, Santa alone and then Santa with hubby and Santa with me.   I love that I got to use my red background paper do the work of the title of my layout also and then I cut strips of the green snowflake paper to use as
borders of the layout and around the pictures.

Then for  "THE STUDIO CHALLENGE"  the Dec 15th layout challenge is Christmas Traditions.
This is our 3rd year in a row going to Silver Dollar City Old Time Christmas Festival.   We love it there and it is our tradition now to go during the year but always during the Christmas season.  Just so
festive there.  This was the 3rd year in a row stopping outside this shop to take a picture with Santa.



15th Dec - Christmas Traditions

Good Morning! Today's challenge is ...

Your Christmas traditions, what is Christmas like where you are, is there something you always do at Christmas time that is different to other people's? Or maybe there's a tradition you have to do for it to feel like it really is Christmas.

Thursday, December 12, 2019

Wrap Me Up

Our cats have gotten into the Christmas spirit.   We have one that likes to take a nap up in the branches of our tree and then two others that have taken turns napping in this box I got out to
use for shipping a couple of gifts.   I was tempted to just ship the cat, but thought better of it.   LOL

This layout I'm entering in the Scrappy Friends challenge for December.

I used the sketch at "THROUGH THE EYES OF ROCHELLE SPEARS"    I always love her sketches and the combined challenge of the Photo Inspiration at  "SCRAP WITH STACY"   this month I was inspired by the overall Christmas theme and the Cat in one of the squares.




Monday, December 9, 2019

My Snowman

I haven't scrapped in 2 weeks and that is a record for me.   I have so many new pictures to work with so I need to get busy.   But Family, Thanksgiving, Day Trip, Shopping, Wrapping and Decorating got in the way.    For those reason I won't complain about not doing my daily scrapping.    I was making memories and also collecting pictures for future layouts.      These pictures came from our Day Trip to the Old Time Christmas Festival at Silver Dollar City last week.   I just love going there to see all the lights.   So much fun.       This layout is going to work for a few different challenge.

First I started with a challenge for "SKETCH N SCRAP MONTHLY CHALLENGES"  Facebook page, along with the optional twist to not use any card stock.

Next I wanted to use the November Challenge at   "CHALLENGE YOURSELF"  as always you are to include a picture of yourself and with this challenge #72 it is Snowflakes.   Even though it was a great day for December temperature wise.   for my snowmen pictures I used all snowflake papers on my layout and for my embellishments.

And finally with all the different patterned papers I used on this layout I will be entering it at

December 2019 Challenge

Wishing you a very Happy Christmas

A challenge that is always about using
Patterned Papers

You may enter any creation on which some patterned paper/card has been used - please remember that you must use some patterned paper

You may enter as many times as you wish during the month and link with as many other challenges as allow you to do so.