Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Frosted Designs on Tuesday

I love that I scheduled almost every Tuesday off for the rest of the year! Frosted Designs sketch challenges keep me busy and challenged. I'm still sticking to my goal to finish last year's Christmas pictures and so far, so good. This pic is part of the Disney Cruise album. We went at a time when the terminal was just being decorated for Christmas. This beautiful tree was the first thing we saw when we got off the escalator. :)
Materials used:
EK Success border punch
Mickey Head punch
Mickey head brad stickers
Mickey Christmas ribbon
and a little ZVA pearl flourish


Sunday, November 28, 2010

Stuck on U Sketches -more christmas...

I almost strayed....
I almost pulled out something else other than Christmas pictures....
I had the pics on my desk, searching through papers...when I found MORE Christmas paper!
I slapped myself on the wrist and put everything away and went right back to the Christmas stack. Of course, now I had new papers to play with, so it was so hard to do.
This beautiful sketch is from Stuck on U Sketches. Soooo pretty and fun to play with!! I wish I had more Spring pictures to work with...oh well. This one is definitely saved for later too!

I pulled out the new Wintertime kit from Echo Park. Love all the fun papers! After I cut out the center piece, I outlined it in marker to make it stand out a little more.
The doily was inked and sprayed with Frost Shimmer Mist.
And all the fun stickers are from the same Echo Park kit.

This is also for a fun challenge at Sketches in Thyme. They are hosting an "open sketch" challenge. Share your favorite sketches and projects this week!

And 3 more pictures down...
Okay, their not so much Christmas pics, but LAST year's winter pics need to be done too!


Saturday, November 27, 2010

Jolly Holidays!

Sticking to the plan to finish up last year's Christmas pictures....

Sketchy Thursdays offered this great sketch for a 5x7 photo. I noticed most of my pictures have a lot of gold in them. This gold embossed paper by Anna Griffin is just too gorgeous! The stars and medallions were a sweet score from Michael's last night. :)

We are heading out to see the new Harry Potter movie today! Have a great evening! :)

working on Christmas

I was sorting through all my pictures and just now realized how many pictures I still have from LAST year! This is so not me! I'm usually not this far behind....hmmm.....
So it was a good excuse to get out yesterday and take advantage of all the sales and stock up on Christmas goodies. Then I came home and did some shopping online...sshhh....
Yes! I made the day all about me! Is it wrong??!!

This sketch is from Sweet Peach Crop Shop. Love multi photo sketches! Heck, I just love sketches! Whether it's for a rak, or just for fun....show me the sketches!!

So here were are....2 pictures done. Everyone is still sleeping so I'm going to tackle this stack and see what else I can accomplish today.

Don't forget about the Sketches4all Blog Hop! The Hop ends tomorrow, but the fun in the forum continues till December 5th! Lots of fun and prizes!

Friday, November 26, 2010

Welcome to the Sketches4All Blog Hop!!!

Good Morning!! I hope everyone enjoyed their holiday! And took lots of pictures!!
I know I did both...and I know I took way too many pictures...all the more to scrap with!

While we are in the mood to celebrate, we are glad you are able to join us for the Sketches4all Anniversary Blog Hop!

If you are following along in order, you should have hopped here from ERIN's Blog

And as with any party, there also a few "party games" you can play to win some FUN prizes!

The MAIN prize for playing along our Blog Hop is the Winter/Holidays Paper Pack from ECHO PARK!!

There are also lots of other prizes you can win just by following along the Blog Hop. Play along with our sketch challenge and collect letters along the way for the secret word!

Here are the rules:

1. Become a follower and join the forum at Sketches4all

2. Become a follower of my blog and don't forget to leave a comment

3. Follow along the Blog Hop collecting all the letters for the secret word
Don't forget to leave comments on all the blogs !!

4. Create a project using the sketch below. Post a link to your project here and in the gallery at Sketches4all and post your guess of the secret word

5. Post in the forum at Sketches4all that you have done all the above.

Here is your sketch:

And here is my layout:
And for the secret word...my letter is "R".

I will also being giving away a RAK for following my blog and playing along with the sketch!!
All you have to do is create a project using the sketch and add a little GOLD! Let me see those pages sparkle!

For another chance to win yet ANOTHER RAK, join the forum at Sketches4all and try out one of my challenges! For every one of my challenges that you complete, you get another entry!

I hope you have FUN and enjoy the sketch and all the other challenges offered by our amazing design team!

Your next stop is MELISSA'S BLOG! ENJOY!!!

You have until December 5th to play along, so have fun and enjoy! And don't forget to wish Sketches4all a Happy Anniversary!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Creative Scrappers Sketch #131

Totally fun sketch!! #131 from Creative Scrappers!
I used some papers from Fancy Pants Like Father, Like Son collection. The colors went so well together. I wish my picture taking showed that better.



It's hard to believe that this trip was a year ago! We had such an amazing time! And the best (or not so best) part is that I still haven't finished scrapping all of the pictures. So every now and then I get to relive the best parts of the trip.
Here is a project from a Stuck??! sketch.
I misted the background paper a little bit. I used my latest border punch to make "waves" and then tucked the laser title into them a bit. All of the Disney elements are actually tattoos that the kids had gotten in their goodie bags. I was surprised at how well they turned out on the page....total experiment! My Mickey didn't turn out so well...I didnt' realize how transparent they really were. He should have gone on a white background first. Oh well...next time...there are still plenty of pictures to work with!

Let' Scrap 11-24-10 Reveal

It's time for the 11-24-10 Let's Scrap Design Team Reveal!
I am having so much fun working with the whole team!
I have to admit, the best part of working on this page was finally getting to use an old Reminisce kit! I really really really had to have this whole collection....and there it sat....in the corner...for a couple of years....
Well, I decided to dust it all off and put it to good use. And then...half way through the page, I realized how many other things needed dusting off.
I have a whole drawer filled with slide mounts. When they were popular, I had to have them in every color available.
The adorable animals peeking out of the slide mounts are from Jolee's, way back when...
I inked up some Thickers letters for the title.
Also added were some buttons and a few pieces of jute and a few strips of crepe paper.

I hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving!!
Don't forget to take lots of pictures!!


Wednesday, November 24, 2010

A day at the Beach..

I feel like this page has been on my desk forever....
This sketch is from Sassy Lil' Sketches. I had all the squares cut and measured last week. Then it was another day or two for me to decided how to distress them all. I used a few different patterns from my Fiskars embossing templates. The papers were from Core'dinations, so after they were embossed, they were sanded down to show off the color core.
All of the stickers were from Bo Bunny. :)
I'm asking Santa for more buttons... I *heart* buttons!
I'm also entering this into this week's challenge from Frosted Designs, which was to use a distressing technique.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving everyone!!!

Monday, November 22, 2010

Sketches4All Anniversary Blog Hop

Join us at Sketches4all for our 1st Anniversary Celebration!

We will be celebrating with a fun Blog Hop with lots of games, challenges and prizes!

Don't forget to join us in the forum for other weekly challenges from our Design Team!

The fun all starts on November 26th and will continue through December 5th!

Stay tuned for all the details!


Sunday, November 21, 2010

Haunts for Hunger

Our village has an annual parade throughout the neighborhood gathering donations for our local food pantry. It's put together by our police department and our church. We meet outside the church, dressed in our scariest and wait for our escort. His name is BOB and he is an 8 foot zombie...lol. We were also supposed to be escorted by an antique hearse, but they never showed up. :(
Before we even left the church, the neighbors came out and donated tons of food! We didn't even get started and everything here was already collected.
Bob finally made his way to the church (zombies aren't really fast movers), and we started our parade. Everyone came out to hand off donations to the police officers. To make the parade more fun for the kids, we had a scavenger hunt. We were given a list of the award winning scariest decorated houses and we had to find them. Once we got to the houses, there were candy and goodies for the kids, along with a huge donation for the cause. We had an amazing time! The kids didn't even realize how many miles we walked. The only downside was when the rain came. But even that didn't stop us! Zombies still walk in the rain too!
Afterwards, the church had a little reception for all the parade participants. Neighbors donated juice and home baked goods for everyone. It was a really fun time and all for a good cause!
This picture was featured in our local newspaper. :)

The sketch is from Sketches in Thyme this week. Whenever I see circles, I always think water pages...I don't know why. But I didn't have any, so it took me a while to put something together. This was all done with a hodge podge of goodies from the Halloween box. I printed out the title myself and tore and inked it up.
Thanks for looking!

Saturday, November 20, 2010

More Pumpkin Patch fun!!

It's a new week at Sketchy Thursdays!
Just when I thought I was done with Fall pictures and can start focusing on Christmas, this photo popped up and begged to be scrapped.
Again I used lots of bits and pieces from Imaginisce Apple Cider collection. Love when I can make use of little scraps instead of throwing them away.
I used some strips of burlap or canvas or whatever that stuff is behind the photos....lol.
The photo mat was distressed a little bit.
The sticker set came from Me and My Big Ideas Soft Spoken at Michael's.

Hope everyone is having a great weekend!!

Frosted Designs #2

I love playing along with all the challenges at Frosted Designs! I was so happy when they started having sketch challenges! For the first challenge, my page made Top 3! I proudly display my new badge on the left!
Sketch #2 was just as much fun! I used lots of bits and pieces from Cloud 9 kit I found at Joann's.
I added a few buttons, paper flowers and some ric rac. I also dabbled in a little bit of misting on some of the pieces.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

So delicate...

Can you tell by my layouts that I LOVE taking tons of pictures of butterflies? I usually go to the Butterfly Festival and the Butterfly Garden at the zoo every year. They are the most cooperative animals ever! And when the sun is shining...they perform and show off so much. They are so beautiful!!!
So I used yet another 5 x 7 picture for this beautiful sketch from Stuck on U Sketches. I'm not sure I like my cluster of flowers. I kinda used a hodge podge of everything I found in my flower drawer.
The patterned papers and the butterflies pieces are all from Basic Grey's Ambrosia collection. The big one is a chipboard piece and the smaller ones were cut from the patterned papers. I used pop dots on them to give them dimension. Again, my lousy picture taking abilities doesn't show that so well.
I used an 8 inch doily for behind the picture. I used Tim Holtz distressing inks on the whole thing. :)
The title was put together with the very few letters I have left over from Basic Grey Chocolate Chip alphas.
I'm just happy that I was able to put this whole page together using old goodies!! When they pictures came in the mail, my first thought was YEAH!! I get to go shopping!!
Oh well...maybe for next year's festival....

The gorgeous ribbon of flowers across the bottom is from Prima.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Children of the Corn

This was sooo much fun to work with!
Let's start with this great sketch from Sketchy Thursdays! I didn't have 3 pictures to work with so I decided to add a shaker box for the third spot. I used some corn that I had...umm..."borrowed"... from the corn pit. Actually, I think it was found in the kids' pockets and shoes when we got home. The fibers behind the shaker box were taken from a piece of fabric I used on a previous page. The "raffia" is strips of paper that I had crinkled up and inked myself. I added a few pieces of corn to the centers. The letters are Chocolate Chip from Basic Grey. The background piece in the center is DCWV. A little bit of tearing and inking on the photo mats...
I had so much fun!
The title was inspired by a challenge from Scrap Whispers. The challenge was to create a project using a title from a favorite scary movie. It's hard to think scary looking at these two cuties! But when I was flipping through the pictures, these jumped out at me immediately!


Saturday, November 13, 2010

Sketchy Thursdays GDT sketch

This was inspired by the sketch for the Guest Designer Spot at Sketchy Thursdays. This was soooo difficult!! Quite the challenge! The hardest part was finding pics that could be cut to the right size and shape.
I used a misted doily for behind the pics. I also added some miscellaneous flowers and buttons. :)

Thyme for more sketches!

I had fun with this sketch from Sketches in Thyme! Even my DD came out of her "cave" to offer some constructive criticism. When I work on pictures of her, she feels she can do that...WTH??
The paper is from Stacy Claire Boyd
Letters are K&Company
Miscellaneous chipboard circles, flowers and buttons...and some ribbons..lol.

Hippity Hop Blog Hop!!

Playing along with The Hippity Hop Blog Hop this weekend! All the info can be found down below this post! Enjoy! This was fun and challenging!

For the recipe I used:
3 different kinds of ribbons
I also used 3 different sized butterflies
embossing on some of the squares,
then I inked them up to show the embossing
lace ribbons
and of course, the great sketch!

The Hippity Hop is a recipe challenge hop. It starts right here, right now and ends at 9 P.M. on Sunday, November 14th. You'll need to visit each challenge blog. You will get an element at each of the 5 blogs, Sassy Lil' Sketches (you are here), Scrap Fit, Crop Suey, Scrap Tiffany and The Cuttlebug Spot. Using the elements create a layout or card and post it to all 5 blogs for a chance to win up to 5 times.

Use this sketch:

Friday, November 12, 2010

Stuck on this Sketch

I've been staring at this sketch for what seems like forever! I picked out the picture and still couldn't come up with anything.
I finally went with a collection from Colorbok. Loved the colors of the set and they seemed to go well with the picture. Now if I could only get a decent picture of the page....
This is the first sketch of the month from Stuck?! Sketches.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Dare to be Squared

A fun challenge from Rosey over at Sketches4All! Dare to be squared! I used a great sketch from Sassy Lil' Sketches which incorporated lots of little squares.
We also had to use a border punch - bling - embellies - buttons - 2 colors. - whew...there was more, but I think I was able to include it all.
The sketch was a lot of fun too. I was able to use up lots of little pieces from an old Colorbok kit. The wine embellies were cut from a sheet from Karen Foster.
The title was a chipboard piece also from Karen Foster.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Frosted 8 x 10

This week's challenge from Frosted Designs was to use large photos on your page. 8 x 10 photos are the hardest for me to work with because there isn't much room left to do anything. And of course, all the photos I have can't really be cut down any smaller. That's the problem with professional photos when they add their own mats.
I crumpled up my background paper a bit and swiped an ink pad across it.
Then I took the photo mat (the light colored one), tore the edges, sanded them a bit, and inked them up.
I love this fish netting stuff and I really need to add it to the shopping list!
The gold coins were from the kid's stash.
All of the distressing was for Erin's challenge at Sketches4All.


Here was another sketch challenge from Sketches4All. Love the way this all came together! The background paper is Scenic Route from the stash. I just got the ZVA leaf bling in the mail today from A Cherry on Top! I was so excited!! It took me about 30 seconds to get it out of the mailbox, out of the package and onto the page! All the flowers are miscellaneous stuff from the stash. :)


My first time playing with a sketch from Artful Delight! This is ASC2! I broke out an OLD kit from 3 Bugs in a Rug. All of the flowers were cut from a 12 x 12 sheet of the patterned papers. :)

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Sketches 4 All Design Team Reveal

SSSOOOO excited to be able to reveal my first Design Team layout! I can't wait to see what other fun is headed our way!
I used up most of the leftovers from my Splash Dance collection.. :(
I used a small circle punch to cut out the tiny images of fishies and then added a page pebble to it to make it look like bubbles.
I used a big piece of hot pink mulberry paper behind the photo.
The fish is a wooden accent piece from Michael's that I colored in with markers and added a googly eye to it!
The letters are vinyl Thickers.
Stop by and check out the site for lots of fun challenges with prizes!!!


Saturday, November 6, 2010

We're all Ears

I tried to make my own Mickey flourishes with cut circles and Mickey head punches. I'm still scratching my head about this one...lol.
The sketch is #148 from Sketch Inspiration.
This week's challenge from Scrap Whispers was to use bright and bold colors.
At least I think I got the colors right...lol

Thyme for Graduation

Such a pretty sketch at Sketches in Thyme this week! I so wish i had more flower photos that worked with it! I cannot wait till Spring! Right...because I just don't have enough other stuff to work on....riiiighhttt..
I did a little distressing on the mat for the photos. The pattern flowers are from Imaginisce. They were black and white so I sprayed them with Glimmer Mist to give them a little color.
The stickers are from K&Company and all the ribbons are from the stash.
As a final touch I added some gem brads to the flowers.
Almost done with graduation photos....lol
I need to give my camera a rest!

Tropical Cutie

I hate it when I can't get a good picture of my layouts! The colors on this page are so much better in real life!
I used up a whole bunch of old stickers from the stash. The flower stickers are from Marcella by K.
I love buying Thickers in white and then inking them up in the exact colors I need.
This was inspired by a great sketch at Frosted Designs.
I love playing all with their challenges and I was really excited when they started doing sketches challenges!

Friday, November 5, 2010


My little guy loves dressing up as Spiderman. This was taken during the Summer. And he chose to wear the same costume for Halloween. Good thing I have lots of embroidery floss to make more webs!
I stamped web images on the white background paper.
And this was my best attempt at making my own spider web. :)
The sketch is from Sketchy Thursdays. :)

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Berry Best Friends

I can't believe how many pictures I took from one trip to the Strawberry Patch! I THINK these are the final pictures...but who knows what else I'll find in the massive box of photos!
Rowena posted this sketch at Creative Genealogy. Love the multi photos! The background paper is from Kaleidoscope...been around for years!! Finally used! :)

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Thursdays are for Pumpkins!

A bee-u-tee-full sketch from Sketchy Thursdays!! I love that I had the perfect pictures and papers right at my fingertips!
I misted some Prima flowers green and added more chipboard pumpkin bits.
Also added some miscellaneous ribbons and Jolee's stickers.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Sweet Peach sketch

First time playing at Sweet Peach Crop Shop! Down to the wire and squeezed out this page tonight.
Lots of goodies from Basic Grey Granola. :)

Sketchabilities #34

I think I'm finally done scrapping all my Spring photos!! WOOHOO!!!
What a great sketch to work with!