Sunday, December 25, 2016

Christmas Tree

Merry Christmas, creative friends!  It's my pleasure to bring you a layout that I created for this week's brilliant sketch challenge at Sketches In Thyme.

Since it's Christmas Day, I thought a Christmas layout would be appropriate.  This photo was taken last year, while we decorated our Christmas tree.  This was the year that my son had a huge growth spurt and you can see how he has to lean down to hug his sister.

I used a lot of sparkling embellishments in my layout.  The gold doilies are especially shiny, but the photo does not do them justice. I also added a sparkling, red washi tape, red sequins, and outlined a few ornaments in the background paper with Stickles.  The papers were a hodgepodge of papers I had in my stash.

Thank you so much for stopping by!  I hope your Christmas was full of joy, friends, and family.  Take care!



Monday, December 19, 2016

Paper Snowflakes

Hello crafters! Today I am sharing a beautiful craft project I came across on Pinterest.

These snowflakes are super easy to make.  All you need is paper (I used inexpensive printer paper), scissors, and scotch tape.  I made about 8 of these in just a couple hours.  They are really big, really pretty, and look amazing when hung from the ceiling.  Here is where to find the quick two-minute tutorial:

Hope your week is off to a great start!


Friday, December 16, 2016


Good morning, friends!  Today I have a layout of a weekend trip I took with my son to Rankin Ranch.  The dude ranch is a real working cattle ranch and has a special place in my heart, as my grandparents took me there when I was 11.  It was so great to be able to take my son there to enjoy the horseback riding, walks, pool, archery, ping pong, and daily entertainment at night. My favorite part was that the ranch is a bit isolated and there is no internet connection available. This made us unplug and be present during the weekend.

I created my layout for the December Scrap Our Stash sketch challenge.  I choose gold, stars, and flair for my elements. The beautiful vellum quote is from Quick Quotes.  It reads, "You have a wonderful free SPIRIT and my life has been BLESSED to have had the JOY of sharing it with you.  As you choose the PATH on your life's JOURNEY I wish you happy TRAILS... and I always WISH you unending SUCCESS."

Thanks for stopping by today!


Monday, December 12, 2016

Quick and Easy Holiday Card

Hello friends.  It's such a busy time of year and everyone I know seems to need about 5 more hours in a day.  I'm mostly ready for the holidays, but I have to admit my crafting time has shrunk significantly this week.

Today I had just enough time to create a cute little card based on the card sketch challenge over at Sketch N Scrap.  I just love that they create card and scrapbook sketches.

The adorable chipboard elves and paper are from Jillibean Soup.  I added some Diamond Stickles over a few of the snowflakes, as well as the berries to add a little sparkle and dimension.  All in all, the card only took me a few minutes to make.  Not bad!

Hope your week is off to a great start!


Friday, December 9, 2016

Love the Beach

Good morning crafter!  This month I have the privilege of being a guest designer for Stick It Down.  They have a fabulous sketch challenge this month that you will want to participate in!  Here is my take on it.

I die cut the "L" with my Cricut machine and then inked it up, along with the tag, with Distress Inks.  I then added a bunch of tiny shells to it.  The tag reads, "Sky above our heads Sand beneath our feet Life is Good."  The paper is from Quick Quotes and the bling is from Prima.  The netting stamp around the page is from Kaisercraft.

I created the page for my daughter.  I placed it in a 12 x 12 shadowbox and am going to give it to her for Christmas.  She recently renovated her room to a beach theme and needs a few more things to add to her walls.

Hope you can join us over at Stick It Down. Here is their original sketch:

Have a great day!


Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Merry and Bright Acetate Ornament

Hello crafters! Today I made a couple of gorgeous acetate ornaments that would be fabulous to give as a gift.  I made two of them so far and I'm definitely keeping one of them!  I love how it has a lot of glitter and sparkle, as well as being able to see through it to the lights on the tree.  

I didn't come up with this gem of an idea; I saw it on Pinterest and adapted it to work with the dies I had on hand.  You can go directly to the blog Luvin Stampin to find out how to make this gorgeous ornament.  The artist, Wendy, even has a short set-by-step video to help you create it.  Thanks, Wendy!

Here is the second Christmas ornament I made.  I am going to give it to my sister.  The shaped dies were from Spellbinders, while the Merry and Bright stamp and die are from Holiday Swoosh from PaperTrey Ink.  My bestie, Stacy, bought the set for me and I love them!

Thanks for stopping by today!  Hope your December is off to a great start!


Monday, December 5, 2016

Let's Hear it for the Boys

Good morning, crafty friends!  Today I have a layout featuring my husband and his friends.  They are hilarious when they get together.  They are also all very good cooks, so we (the wives) love it when they get together, too!   

As with most of my masculine pages, I kept this one clean and simple.  I used some ribbon, a metal accent, faux stitching, cardstock, and a couple of stickers.

Hope you have a fabulous week!


Friday, December 2, 2016

Here Comes the Sun

Happy December!  Cold weather always makes me want to scrapbook warm sunny places.  So today I have a pretty double scrapbook layout kit from Quick Quotes.  I just love their vellum quotes.  They have poems and sayings that fit every type of scrapbook layout you could think of. Aren't those tiny paper flip flops adorable?! 

These pictures are of our trip to St. Barts a couple of years ago.  There was a lot of wonderful sunshine there.  The fireworks were for Bastille Day. We watched them on a pier overlooking the water.

Hope the sun is shining in your part of the world!