Monday, June 25, 2012

LMCB # 94 - It's a SKETCH challenge!! and WINNER!!

If you are looking for my newest post from Digi Darla's "Summertime" Challenge...go HERE

Good afternoon Friends!  Happy Monday!  I'm a day tardy sharing with you the newest challenge over at  Lasting Memories Layout challenges!!  I apologize for that...had a good weekend... but now 2 sick kids (and starting me) are the result come this fine Monday. 
 Keep reading to see the WINNER of my giveaway for last weeks blog hop.

It's time for a SKETCH challenge!!
Here is my creation...
The day before Mother's Day, we ventured out to a Flower Nursery called "Flower World" to pick up some goodies.  What a pleasant surprise that was.  A huge, beautiful walking park with fountains, water mills, a petting zoo and a great chance for my kids to actually stop and smile for me!!  A 30 minute shopping trip turned into a 3 hour afternoon to remember.  It was also 80 degrees.  (Not today)

Here is the Left Page for LMCB #94 Sketch Challenge and showcasing an image from Digi Darla's 
called "Pitcher of Flowers" (In the top right corner)

Here is the sketch to follow...

And we are being sponsored by  DIGI DARLA's.   Woo Hoo!

Here is my Right Page with my "Polaroids" for the challenge over at 
and I flipped the sketch to use again for the Current Lasting Memories Challenge.  

And one last thing... dum dee dee dum... my WINNER for Last Week's Blog Hop is...
# 10 KIMBERLY!!! 
(Chosen by my son)
Contact me at fishquad at comcast dot net with your address.

I hope you all come join us!!  Lots of wonderful inspiration over at Lasting Memories!!  
Thanks for stopping by!!

Cardstock:  "Magnifique" on the go kit from Close to My Heart.
Digital Image:  "Pitcher of Flowers" from Digi Darla's.
Glittered Butterflies:  Self Adhesive transfers from Doodlebug Designs.  Glitter from Martha Stewart.
Glittered SMILE title:  Self Adhesive transfers from Doodlebug Designs.  Glitter from Martha Stewart.
Other Embellies:  Button, Twine, Ink for image all from Stampin' Up.  
"Family" and "All together" random stickers from stash.


It's time for a fun SUMMER "Summer Time" themed challenge over at Digi Darla's.  You can see all of the details below my card photo.  We have had a wishey washy array of weather where I live... and FINALLY... 2 hours of SUN this evening.  Check out that blue sky in my background!  And the shadow casted on my card.  Yippee!!  
I am also sharing this card with the Ladies 
over at Freshly Made Sketches #40 for Lesley provided the wonderful sketch!
Besides my Digi Image from Bugaboo, most of the the other supplies are from
 Stampin' Up with the exception of the Sentiment from Close to My Heart. 
Come join us over at Digi Darla's this week and show us your Summer Themed projects!!

We are being sponsored by Bugaboo Stamps this week, so you can use either a 
Digi Darla Design OR a Bugaboo Stamps image!

BUGABOO STAMPS  is giving away...
To the WINNER!!!

And...DIGI DARLA'S is giving way the the below image JUST FOR PLAYING ALONG!!

Our play and win Freebie this week is "Beach Scene 3"
Everyone is a winner with Play and Win! You have to join us
and each entry will receive a FREEBIE just for playing!! So here is
this weeks "Play n Win" Freebie:

I hope to see you join us!!  
Happy Monday to you all!!

Monday, June 18, 2012

DDC #16 - "How do You Layer Up?" - Birthday Card

Go HERE for the Lasting Memories Blog Hop Post.

I used "Digi Darla's Candy Cupcake"

It's time for the next fun challenge over at Digi Darla's Challenges!!  "How do you Layer up?"  Show us how you LAYER on your paper project.  With my above card... I have 8 layers of card stock starting with the card base up to the Digi Image piece. Rainy Day = slightly darker photo.  (sorry about that)

 We are sponsored by Di's Digi Downloads this week and they offer a $10 voucher to Di's Digi Downloads to the winner!

Our play and win Freebie this week is "Pear Boarder"
Everyone is a winner with Play and Win! You have to join us
and each entry will receive a FREEBIE just for playing!! So here is
this weeks "Play n Win" Freebie:

Reminder: only those entries using either an image from Digi Darla's Designs or Di's Digital Images will qualify for a chance to win
You have until Saturday, June 22nd at 9pm EST to join us!!

Sunday, June 17, 2012

LMCB # 93 "Color Me Happy" with a Blogaversary Blog Hop!! (12 x 12 Layout - Priest Lake)

We have a celebration going on this week!! It's Lasting Memories 2nd Blogaversary!!! To celebrate, some of us are showcasing our layouts with a mini blog hop. Along the way there could be candy, so be sure to read each post! You may be asked to leave a comment, you may be asked to do something a little different, you just never know! Our challenge is an easy one .. 
an inspirational photo/color challenge (isn't this gorgeous?) 

So lets get this party started!! If you're arrived here from KAREN - Karen's Creative Outletyou're on the right track! If you're just popping by, be sure to start at Karen's Blog so you don't miss a thing!!! Here's my layout for this weeks challenge.

A close-up of my CLUSTER that I loved puting together.  I used everything from Stamped Flowers that I cut out, to paper flowers to stickers to felt to buttons to brads to thread.  WHEW!  Lots of fun going through my stash for this!!

As you can see... my inspiration was from the fun White Argyle pattern, the Aqua colors and the colors of the flowers.  I also love the country, outdoorsy feel of the photo.  It was perfect for our Family Photo from our Family Vacation last summer.  I am also joining the gals over at 
Frosted Designs Sketch Along Tuesday # 43.  Here is their sketch I followed...

AND... what's a Blog Hop without some Blog Candy!!!??
Leave a comment & Become a Follower (or tell me you already are) and you can get these fun Floral Embellies sent to you!!  This is open to New Friends, Old Friends and all of my DT Friends!!
I will announce the winner next Sunday with the new Lasting Memories Challenge!!

Once you've finished hopping to all the DT blogs, you will end at Lasting Memories where Karen has decided to give one lucky entry a $25 gift certificate for Close To My Heart!!! 

"This is open to everyone, including my DT and winner will be chosen by Help celebrate this milestone with us!!"

Here's an awesome sketch from Tanya Leigh Designs if you need a little help!!

And now it's off to your next stop, the very talented ELIZABETH ! Have fun and be sure to enter your LO this week for a chance to win!

Master List In Case You Get Lost

Monday, June 11, 2012

DDC #15 "Celebrate Dad" - Soccer Coach Layout

And a Good Morning Monday to all of you!!  Today, I am bringing you the newest challenge starting over at Digi Darla's.  This is just my 2nd post participating with their Design Team... and I tell ya... if you are a card maker, scrapbooker or just about anything paper crafter... you will surely be inspired by the Ladies and their creations over there!  You need to check out when given the chance.  If you are new to digis, (ME TOO!!)...  I have found just how differently they can be used and how versatile they are!  So excited that I get to create with these images.
So on that note... we are "Celebrating Dad" this week!!  I have a Scrapbook Layout to share that I did of just this last Spring Soccer Season for our son.  It was his 3rd season playing soccer and the BONUS... Daddy decided to Coach!  Oh what fun and patience that was all summed up into a little ball!!!  I even got to help!  And he graciously accepted my opinions!  Ha!!  :-)
Thee Image I used are  Digi Darla's Soccer Ball Image.  I colored one blue and one black.  Just to be different.  I then cut them out and popped them up for some dimension.

Again...this week, we are challenging you to...
"Celebrate Dad or a Special Man In Your Life"
Floppy Latte Designs is offering a $10.00 USD Gift Voucher to their store to the winner.


We have a play and win Freebie this week which is "For Dad Sentiment"
Everyone is a winner with Play and Win! You have to join us
and each entry will receive a FREEBIE just for playing!! So here is
this weeks "Play n Win" Freebie:

Sooo... create something using a Digi Darla or Floppy Latte's image.
Just a reminder - in order to qualify for TOP 3 and/or FLDD giveaway, you MUST use a Digi Darla image or FLDD image. Although we LOVE seeing everyone's creations, only these images will qualify for you to win. Thanks for understanding.

I am also participating in the challenge over at SCRAPFIT Warm-Up # 28 - Use Stickers.
Here are some close-ups to show how I used stickers.
The words on the photos and above and in between and the little star are all stickers from
 My Minds Eye!! 
I also used an older sketch from Sketch Support.  I couldn't locate the exact sketch to post here... but I promise it's on their blog. 
Thank you so much for visiting.  I shall be back many more times this week for Father's Day, Birthdays and Teacher Thank you cards are in order!
Happy scrappin' and craftin'!!

Sunday, June 10, 2012

LMCB 92 - "Sweatin' to the Oldies" - Summer Layout

Good Sunday morning to you all!  I'm here to share with you the latest challenge over at

Now for this weeks challenge and it's sooooooo fun! We're "Sweatin To The Oldies" with a twist! It has to be a SUMMER song lyric from the 50's - 70's!! Come on out and join the fun with us as we dance the week away!

Here is a double page spread I did of my kiddos and I hanging out at our "Home away from home" during the summer time.  (Hubby working) Can you figure out my song choice?? 

"I can see clearly now that the rain is gone.  It's going to be a bright, bright sun-shiny day."
1972 - Johnny Cash
Just so you all know... when I thought of this one.. and mind you, I was only 2 when it came it out... it has been stuck in my head all week.  :-)

Here are some close-ups...

This layout is done mostly using the "Footloose" kit from Close to My Heart
 I like the beachy colors.  It's sort of one of my more scattered layouts.  I kept adding stuff.  Didn't know when to stop.  I'm sure you can all relate.  "Just gotta walk away."

Come out and join us for our fun "Sweatin' to the Oldies" challenge.
You can win this!!!
Stacia is hosting our giveaway this week!!

Or be FEATURED, or be a Part of our TOP 3!!
Thanks for stopping by!  I'll be back tomorrow with another layout!!
Happy rest of the weekend!!

Monday, June 4, 2012

My DT Reveal for Digi Darla's Challenge Blog!!

Happy Day/Night to you all!  Well I get to share some exciting news with all of you.  I was chosen as one of the newest Design Team members for Digi Darla's Challenges!!  I am thrilled and very honored to be a part of their team!!  Yay!!  And now I can breathe freely because I don't have to keep that quiet any longer.  :-)
This is great news for me and even Greater news for YOU!  Why do you ask??  Stick with me every Monday morning for that is when the newest challenge goes live and have your first chance at creating based on the challenge theme.... and the bonus is... VERY OFTEN a FREEBIE Digi Image will be offered just for playing along!  So you need to check this out every Monday for your chance at that!!  Not to mention your chance at being a part of the Top 3 or the Winner of the week!!

Here is my DT Reveal creation.  This shows my "Style"... for I like color, layers, pretty paper, and for the most part clean lines. 
 I used the Digi Darla Image "Butterfly Wonder." 
I also created this card based on their current challenge that just started.
I chose the top row of Ribbon, Buttons and Lace.

 You can earn cute little "Butterfly Wonder"  just for playing along!!

Isn't that fun?? Please stop by and see what the rest of the Design Team has created.  Lots of fabulous inspiration!!

And one last little bit of info... I used a GREAT sketch from Sweet Sketch Wednesday # 156.  So I am entering my card in their challenge as well.

Thanks for visiting!  I shall be back again in a few days!!

SU Cheerful Treat DSP
SU Cardstock - Concrod Crush, Melon Mambo, Whisper White,
SU Organdy Ribbon - Lucky Limeade
Doodlebug Design - Lace
Digi Darla Image - Butterfly Wonder
Stamps - SU One of a kind
SU Markers for coloring
Random White Flower button from stash

Saturday, June 2, 2012

LMCB # 91 - "How do you fold?" 12 x 12 4th of July Layout

Happy happy weekend to you all!!  And with the glorious weekend, we have a NEW FUN challenge for you over at Lasting Memories Layout Challenges!! LMCB 91
HUH??  Is that what you are saying?  Well... just keep reading.  This is easy and fun!!
We want to see you FOLD PAPER on your layouts!!  Everything from folded corners, to fan-fold flowers to circles folded in half for a banner... to MY idea... PINWHEELS!!  There are so many variations of folded paper and what you can do... and we want to see your secret paper folds!!  
If you don't have your own idea... STEAL one of the fabulous ideas from our DESIGN TEAM!!  Lots of wonderful inspiration there!!

But back to my FOLDED PAPER IDEA... I chose to do a PINWHEEL for this challenge.

Here is my Folded Paper Pinwheel!!  I'll get to the "How to" in a second.

And here is close-up of all my STAR and CIRCLE punches that I am using... for I am entering this over with the Ladies at FROSTED DESIGNS . Their current FAB FRIDAY challenge is to use PUNCHES.
You have until Thursday to enter their challenge. 

And last but not least... I followed a VERY inspiring sketch over at ARTFUL DELIGHT.  It's their sketch for JUNE.  I'm way ahead of the game on this one!  I followed the sketch almost exactly, except that I added 2 more photos in the corner because I just had to have my kids with sparklers on this layout.  
You have LOTS of time to join in the JUNE Sketch challenge!!

Soooo.... I hope you find some time to join us all at LASTING MEMORIES for our "How do you Fold??" challenge!!!  You have until Saturday, June 9th at 9pm EST to join!!!
We do have a PRIZE This week!  
A SURPRISE Goody Bag from our Scrappy Leader KAREN !!
  You also have the chance to be a part of our TOP 3 or FEATURED throughout the week.  That is a whole bunch of reasons to play!!  

Ohhhh... and so you might be wondering how I made my Pinwheel??  Pretty darn easy.  I will give you the real quick version of a tutorial... but... I may be able to point you to our Lasting Memories challenge blog for a more detailed tutorial version later on this week!!  

1.  Cut out any size square of paper.  I used 3" x 3" for mine.
2.  Cut a straight line from each corner of the square to the center... not quite cutting all the way through.
3.  Fold each pointed corner piece inward towards the center of the square, overlapping the points.
4.  Punch a small hole in the center of the square where all the points join and fasten with a brad, eyelet, anything you can think of.   I used a brad for mine.  
5.  That is it.  You have a 4 pointed pinwheel.  
6.  I made 2 of these and then layered them on top of each other for more POP and Dimension.
7.  The final touch is a lollipop stick added for the handle.

Thanks for stopping by!!  Happy Scrappin'!!

Friday, June 1, 2012

Digi Darla's Ch # 13 "Let's Celebrate" - Card & other FUN NEWS!!

Hello!  Has really over a week gone by that I haven't posted anything new for you all to see??  So sorry about that!!  That's changing today and over the weekend... for I have a Laundry list of crafty things I need to make.
So... they say that bad things can happen in 3's??  Well... I think GOOD things can happen in 3's as well.

Here is my  #1 thing "Good"... a card I made for our daughter for her last day of school.  It's not until the 21st... so I am pretty proud of myself for being this ahead of the game. The other wonderful thing about this card is that I am entering it over at Digi Darla's Ch # 13 - Let's Celebrate challenge!!  They are also having a DT call... this is my 2nd entry for that.  Wish me luck!!  I didn't think I was a fan of Digi Images until I tried them!!  LOVE them!!  It's like the stamp that keeps on giving without trying to find your black ink stamp pad!  LOL!!  Just for entering the challenge... you get a cute little freebie digi!  That is worth it right there.  So go check them out!!
Other than the Digi Image from Digi Darla's, most of this paper is from the "SWEET" collection from DCWV paper.  The red polka dots is Stampin' Up DSP and Real Red cardstock is thrown in there as well. Then with some random star brads, glimmer Real Red brads from Stampin' Up.  I colored my digi image with Stampin' Up markers.  My daughter will be impressed that I added "Highlights" to her hair.  :-)

My #2 bit of FUN News today... I am being SHOWCASED on the NIKKI SIVILS Blog for a double page layout I did a little while ago of a "Roadtrip"  using her EXIT HERE collection.  Yay Me!!  You can see it all right HERE.  She has such fun whimsical paper collections that I highly suggest you go gawk over!!

And... My #3 bit of FUN News... I was chosen as the TOP 3 for the month of APRIL over at Sketches in Thyme.  You can see my "Family Bike Ride" layout HERE.  I have been asked to be a Guest Designer for an upcoming challenge month.  Will keep you posted on that!

Thanks so much for visiting.  I will be back!!  Have a great day!!