Thursday, January 30, 2020

Gibson's 9th Birthday

Our grandson Gibson had his 9th birthday this month.   I can't believe he is getting so big, I was there when he was born taking care of his older brother.  

I'm entering this at  "SOUL SCRAPPERS"   for their January Pick 3 challenge.

From the list below I picked  Gifts (my embellishment)  Party Hats (my embellishment) and candles (the patterned paper on the left and in the picture on his cake)

Welcome to the first PICK 3 challenge of the new year!
Help us celebrate SS's 10th birthday. Create a page or card or OTP that shows a celebration of some kind, such as a birthday, anniversary, wedding, retirement, etc. Then add at least 3 of the following:
1. cake
2. balloons
3. gifts
4. banner
5. candles
6. party hats
7. ribbon

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Happy Birthday Bruce

My brothers 66th birthday is a week from today so I got this card made for him today.

I was inspired by the challenge at   "SHOPPING OUR STASH"    Challenge #412 - Winter Blues.

He has a winter birthday and I just went to my stash pulled out some blue birthday paper and some number  stickers and made this simple card for him.

Here is the link to  "SHOPPING OUR STASH"  

Shopping Our Stash #412 - Winter Blues

Greetings & salutations crafty pals!

Don't know about you, but our crew has the Winter Blues...why fight it...we decided to embrace it and make it a challenge theme!

That means we want to see something winter related, or something predominantly blue on your project.

Sunday, January 19, 2020

Thanksgiving 2017

I discovered yesterday that I had not made any Thanksgiving layouts from this last year for myself, so I got busy and made two pages.    Then last night when I was going to put the layouts in my chronological Thanksgiving album I discovered I hadn't made any layout from 2017 either.  
So today I printed some pictures and made this double page layout.   Now I'm up to date.

I was looking first for challenges and I saw the one at  "THE STUDIO CHALLENGES".

I loved the Color Palette for the challenge and started looking through my fall/thanksgiving collection of papers and found these papers and Pl style cards and put them together using the palette below.

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Day Trip in Missouri

I have been hoarding this piece of Missouri paper for awhile now trying to figure out how to use it and not totally cover up the big map of the state.     When I saw the new Sketch #193 yesterday at
"SKETCH N SCRAP"  I knew it would work for some pictures of the day trip my brother and I
took the first of the year.    I outlined the map and also the Missouri in the middle just so it would
stand out a little bit more.

Here is the link to "SKETCH N SCRAP"  and the sketch I used.

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Gingerbread House

My daughter and son-in-law trade Christmases between my side his family.   This year they went to upstate NY to his parents home.   They flew out bright and early on Dec. 22nd.   Within 3 hours of landing, they sent me these pictures of Elle decorating a Gingerbread House that her Grandma had made and had waiting for her.     They had so much fun and kept her busy with activities non-stop.
It was a great Christmas for her.

For this layout I used the January Sketch at  "SCRAP OUR STASH CHALLENGE BLOG"  it was just revealed today.    I had printed these pictures yesterday know I would scrap them soon.   I just had to cut down the 3 a little bit to fin with the sketch and I was ready to start my layout.
Besides using the sketch you also had to use chevron paper and something gold.   The green center paper is my chevron and the base paper is gold and white stripes and I also added a gold gumdrop embellishment to my layout.

Here is the sketch and link to  "SCRAP OUR STASH"

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Winter Fun

This is my take on the January Sketch at  "LET'S GET SKETCHY"  

My Piano Concert

My granddaughter loves sitting at the piano and "playing".   Going to have to get this girls some lessons and see how she does.    This was Christmas week and she started playing by herself, then told her Mom to come play with her and then went and got her Uncle Bruce in the other room to come join them also.   I also took my turn with her and so did her Great-Grandpa.    Mom and Uncle Bruce were the only ones that could play a song at all.   I had even forgotten chopsticks.   LOL

I used the single page scrap for January at  "STICK IT DOWN"  for this layout.

Then I played along with the tic-tac-toe challenge at  "SCRAP OUR STASH"  I used the next to last row, 4 pattered papers, Brad (I have 4) Stamp (enjoy the little things in red",  Doily and Use a Punch.



Monday, January 13, 2020


I made some totally different goals for myself this year and so far almost 2 weeks I'm sticking with them really well.   I drink so much more water every day.   I've even started just ordering water when we went out instead of a diet drink.    I'm over half way through with my 3rd book this month, so I think I'll easily surpass my goal of 15 books this year if I keep it up at this pace.

I'm entering my 2020 Goals layout at  "THE PAPER GIRLS CHALLENGE"  

Now on to the challenge.
It's Karrie here and our new challenge is exactly that ~ NEW!!
Showcase something new, your New Year's fun or resolutions, 
use some new product (did Santa bring you some scrappy goodies?) 
or try a new technique!  Lots of ways to go with this.

HI !!!

I made this card this morning and it is perfect for the first January challenge #389 - Anything Goes
at  "USE YOUR STUFF"    I certainly did that on this card.   I started with a simple white base
card and then pulled out my stash of Washi Tape.   I don't use it a lot so its been around for
awhile.  I used three stripes of narrow gold washi and then two stripes of the blue floral washi
tape between the gold.   Added the gold PL card that says 'Hi' as my sentiment and put a
stripe of black and gold washi across it.   I've had this PL card a good 4 years so glad I got to
use it.d    Sorry for the glare on my picture but it really looks gold without the glare.


#389 Anything Goes

Happy New Year everyone!  New Year and a fresh new start to get working on that stash right!

We have a super easy challenge to start you's ANYTHING GOES!  Create anything you want - but try to use some of that older stuff you have in your stash, not the new product you got for Christmas!! :)

A new change for this new year as well...Our challenges will be running for 2 weeks each..that means there will only be 2 challenges each month (one from each team) rather than 4!

This challenge will run from Monday Jan 6th until Saturday Jan 18th!  Lots of time to get your entries in!  Enter as many times as you would like but please no backlinking and make sure that you tag UYS in your post for our challenge as well.

Sunday, January 12, 2020

Make Today Pretty

I love the beautiful sunsets we get here.    This one I took my last night here at the lake before I left for Christmas.   So glad I got another beautiful picture to end 2019 of sunsets.

I'm engineering this at   "LASTING MEMORIES"  for challenge #480 - White Space

LM #480 - White Space

Hello, hello! Happy Sunday! We are so happy that you are here today. It's time for a new challenge, so let's get started.

Our theme for January is "Out of your comfort zone" and this month we want to challenge you to create layouts you may usually pass over as it may not be within your normal comfort zone.

LM #480 - White Space
* If you're anything like me, I struggle with the idea of true white space. I would love to be reminded that we can create beautiful layouts with simplicity.

Saturday, January 11, 2020

Always Believe

This is probably my favorite picture from this last Christmas.    My nephew surprised us all and came downstairs Christmas morning dressed as Santa.   Even Dad asked to have his picture taken with Santa before we started opening our presents.   It was so special.

I'm entering this layout at  "SOUL-SCRAPPERS"  for their challenge MB#22

What is a Mystery bag challenge?
mystery bag (plural mystery bags)
  1. bag whose contents are unknown. quotations ▼
  2. A surprise package randomly picked, a lucky dip.
  3. A non-specific mixed lot of a product at the supplier's choice.
In other words each month, the challenges will be different. You could get a quote, mixed media, technique, song, lift, color, vision board, product, poem etc....
For our last challenge for the year......
CHRISTMAS.....anything goes!
It could be last minute Christmas card, scrap page or something you have made for Christmas, a special ornament, christmas gift, putting up your Christmas tree, baking, wrapping gifts, decorations etc.....

Friday, January 10, 2020

Family is my Word for 2020

Family means everything to me.   It always has and always will.  So I chose "Family" as my word of the year because I just want to spend as much time with all of my family, Dad, brother, son, daughter and grandkids this year.   I already have some things planned out for all of us together. I've been fortunate as an adult to take lots of trips with my Dad and family since my Mom passed in 2005. My Dad had been her caregiver for close to 5 years doing everything at home, cleaning, cooking and caring for her non-stop.   So after Mom passed in April 2005 we all missed her a lot but that summer my brother and I decided it was time for Dad to start enjoying things again and get out and go places.   Our first trip was 2 weeks to Sydney, Australia.   We have also gone together to Hawaii along with my husband,  and just the 3 of us and other times all the family have taken many road trips in the US.   A trip to Mt. Rushmore is one Dad requested,  we went to DC to see my daughter 3 different times,  we went to Mackinak Island, Michigan,  we rented a cruiser in Florida and stayed on it for 5 days.   Plus there have been other long trips and just day trips.   Dad turned 96 in June and has been fighting colon cancer for over  almost 4 years so all our trips now are shorter day trips but we still cherish each one.    I made this layout of the day trip we took the day after this Christmas.   With a stop at this restored covered bridge on our way to the town where Dad grew up.

I made this layout with the January  "CHALLENGE YOURSELF"   #73 in mind.    The left side pictures of the three of us at our stop on this day trip and as per the challenge I'm in two of the pictures.    Here are some of the details about it and you can check it out here and play along  "CHALLENGE YOURSELF"

This month's challenge theme is Ali Edwards' One Little Word.  We would like you to create a layout that celebrates your chosen One Little Word for 2020.  If you are new to Ali Edwards' One Little Word concept, you can learn more about it here.

And as always, please remember to include a photo with YOU on your page.

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Starting Young

My Dad has been making these individual nachos since I was in college.   We asked him this Christmas if he remembers what started it all or if someone else made them first and he said he had no idea.    All it is, is a regular potato chips (we still try find Backers chips its what we grew up on.)
A slice of sharp Cracker Barrel cheese,  Bacon Bits and then a pickled JalapeƱo slice on top,  put under broiler till the cheese melts and enjoy.    My kids love them and always have to have them when they are with their Papa and now the grandkids love them too.  Elle who is almost 3 is the youngest fan.

I used Sketch #404 at  "SKETCHES IN THYME"  for this layout.

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Snow Angel

The challenge # 479 at  "LASTING MEMORIES"  came to mind when I was making this layout.

Our theme for January is 'Out of Your Comfort Zone' and this month we want to challenge you to create layouts you may usually pass over as it may not be within your normal comfort zone.

 LM #479 - Use a new technique, tool or product.
* This is the perfect opportunity to pull out all of those "to do one-day" inspiration screenshots we all have saved on the phone, computer or magazine. I tend to see something I really want to try, but easily get intimidated or too lazy to learn how to use that very expensive new tool/product I just bought, so it sits there unopened for years. Now is the time!

I hadn't used eyelets in years and years, but today I used 5 of them in a new way.   I punched in 5 eyelets in a line down the left side of my pates and then I used them to "sew" with some bakers twine.  I thought it was a fun new look.    Plus I used plastic clips (the red and green ones) on my pictures.
That is the first time I had used those ever.    On my sweater stamp cut-out I added the stocking hat and mittens, they are buttons.   I have used these deco buttons before, again years ago, but they had
to go with this layout.   They are the kinds with the eye on the back of them that you would sew through to add to your clothes.   But I used a nail clipper and clipped those eyes off so the buttons would lay flush to my background paper and then used clear liquid glue to adhere them to my page.

Monday, January 6, 2020

Silver Dollar City Lights

Since we moved in 2017 and are now closer to the area this makes our 3rd year of going to Silver Dollar City during the summer and most importantly for the Christmas Lights every year.  This is our
new Christmas season traditions.        For these pages I just concentrated on pictures of the area and not of us.   The big picture is the Wilderness Church which is one of the 2 original parts of Silver Dollar City.   When I came as a child, the Church and Marvel Cave was all there was here.    My how it has grown.    But I was a child a LONG time ago.   LOL

I used the double page sketch for January at   "STICK IT DOWN".   

Ho Ho Ho

I made this layout using the Pick 3 challenge for December at "SOUL SCRAPPERS"

The list to pick from was:
1. Christmas Theme
2. Colors Red/Green/White
3. Use 3 or more PP's
4.  Trees
5.  Decorated Tag
6. Journaling
7. Stamping

I actually used 5     Christmas Theme,   Colors Red/Green/White,   3 or more PP's,   Trees (on paper and in pictures)  and  Journaling (bottom right corner)

Christmas Family Together

My daughter, son-in-law and granddaughter trade off years on which side of the family they are with on Christmas Day.   This year they were in NY with his parents.    They hadn't been there in over 6 months and there was so much going on and things to do, they forgot to go see Santa and get a picture with Elle at the Mall.  BUT.....Santa heard about it and made a personal visit on Christmas Eve Day to see the whole family.   Now that is a special time.

I'm entering this layout in 3 different challenges.   First the Scrappy Friends double challenge
using the sketch at  "ROCHELLE SPEARS BLOG"

I combined the sketch with the challenge at  "SCRAP WITH STACY" and her January tic-tac-toe
board.   I did the diagonal with Card Stock,  Banner and Doily.

And last but far from least is "CRAFTY HAZELNUT'S PATTERNED PAPER" Challenge.

Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper
January 2020 Challenge

Wishing you a very Happy New Year

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

Sunday, January 5, 2020

Road Trip for the Day

This is my first layout I've made for 2020 and I used the sketch #192 at  "SKETCH N SCRAP"
plus I will also enter it for the Anything Goes Challenge #478 at "LASTING MEMORIES"
I was in Columbia, MO. for the last part of December for about 12 days.   I only live 90 minutes away but I started off with first day babysitting for my granddaughter before she left for Christmas in NY with other grandparents, so had 1st Christmas on the 25th with my brother, Dad, hubby, nephew and a friend of his.   Then after my daughter and son-in-law and granddaughter got home the 28th we had Christmas with them on the 29th.   Then New Years Eve and Day with all family and a couple of country day trips in between.   This was the longest trip and my brother and I took off on the morning of Jan 2nd, before I was set to go back home that night.   We took the back roads to Hannibal, MO and back roads home.  Even though we had both been there several times it was fun to take the back roads and make this our destination.     These are the pictures I took from Lovers Leap there.

Here is the sketch and link to  "SKETCH N SCRAP"

Here is the link to  "LASTING MEMORIES" 

 Since we are still in the middle of the holidays we are going to do things a little different before we jump into our regular theme and monthly challenges for January. To help get us all back into the swing of things, this week's challenge is Anything Goes.

LM #478 - Anything Goes - Create a layout about anything that you want!