Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Little Red Wagon #100

Happy Wednesday and welcome to our 100th challenge at Little Red Wagon! Wow! Time sure flies when you are having fun!

This week Rosanne wants us to create something with a postage theme. It just so happened that I had some great travel papers from Imaginisce in my wagon and one had postcards printed on it. So that was the inspiration for my card.

I combined one of the post cards that I cut from the paper with some gorgeous papers from MME Lost and Found Two. Perfect color combination! I also printed a sentiment on the post card by running it through my computer printer.

Then I added a paper doily, some pretty black ribbon, a small rosette and a layered butterfly that I cut with a Die-namics die! A sweet yellow gemstone added the finishing touch.

Why not consider playing along with us this week? Let's see if we can get 100 participants for our 100th challenge!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Banner Swap Sneak Peek

Tomorrow I am participating in a Fall banner swap and I thought I would post a sneak peek of my finished letter.

I love doing banner swaps! In this particular one, we all have a letter in the words 'Giving Thanks' and we each do our own design. Then we swap! Each piece is so different but when they are all put together it creates a gorgeous finished project that will be wonderful to display in our homes.

I will be sure to show you the finished banner when I get it all together! Thanks for looking ~

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Little Red Wagon #99

This week's challenge at Little Red Wagon was brought to us by Regan! She challenged us to repeat a stamped image.

Now I will admit this challenge had me a bit... challenged! I wasn't sure what to do but then I was inspired by a card on the cover of one of the Scrapbook Trends Create magazines. It had a number of stamped butterflies on it, so I decided to give it a try.

I used a MME stamp and Memento inks for the butterflies. Then I found a Martha Stewart doily in my wagon, a very old rub-on sentiment and some gems. The paper is from PTI. And if you look closely, you will see that I actually sewed the butterflies to the card!

Have a great Wednesday and I will be looking for your creations at Little Red Wagon :)

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Pumpkin Card

I was visiting Dee's blog today and saw her Loonie Stampers Challenge and I decided to play along. The inspiration photo was so gorgeous that I just couldn't resist using the color combination to make a card!

This is the photo that was used. Isn't it stunning?

And this is my card!

I used a digi stamp, my Copic markers and papers from Jillibean Soup and Bella Blvd.

Then a bit of orange waxy flax, a button from MME and a touch of Glossy Accents were added for the finishing details.

Thanks Loonie ladies! I had fun playing along :)

Monday, September 19, 2011


Happy Monday! I finished working on a layout yesterday that all started with a product challenge kit from TSF that contained gorgeous Cosmo Cricket papers and some fun little embellies! Then I found a great sketch at Once Upon A Sketch and decided to play along with their challenge.

I turned the sketch sideways and went with a 'friends' theme as that was one of the challenges on the TSF Back-to-School On-Line Crop. I used a photo of Spencer and Danielle that I took this summer. They are more than just cousins - they are best friends that always get along and support each other even though they live far apart.

I had fun using all my favorite techniques: distressing, sewing, paint splatters! I also loved adding a bit of lace, making an accordion flower and doing a paper ruffle!

Part of the challenge at OUAS was to add journalling directly on your photo. I used small alpha stickers to say what this photo was all about - cousins... friends!

Last, but not least, I added my signature button - my all time favorite embellie!

I hope you have a wonderful week with lots of time for scrapbooking. Thanks for looking :)

Friday, September 16, 2011

An Apple for the Teacher

As part of the on-line Back-to-School crop at TSF, we were challenged to make something with an apple on it. I decided to use this fun image from Lori Boyd for a back-to-school card.

I used my Copics (love them!) and papers from Jillibean Soup.

It's not too late to join in the fun on the Forum! You have until Sunday at midnight to get your projects posted and you will be eligible for some great prizes! Hope to see you there~

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Little Red Wagon #98

Today was Avril's turn to post the challenge at Little Red Wagon. She wanted us to use twine on our project, so I made a card and added a bit of twine to it!

I started with a Lori Boyd image and my Copics. I haven't used them for a while and I enjoyed coloring this sweet image - School Time Lucy! The papers are from my wagon and I believe they are Kaiser Craft.

After I colored the image, I made a small hole at the top and bottom of the books, threaded twine through and tied them together.

This card also qualifies for the Back-to-School On-Line Crop at TSF for a school themed card.

Enjoy your Wednesday, and do join us at Little Red Wagon - we always love seeing what you create :)

Monday, September 12, 2011

Sweet Sarah

A few months ago I took some photos of my niece, Sarah, and I have been waiting to scrapbook them. I finally had some time to use one of them on a layout this past weekend.

I started with a sketch from a challenge that I found on Once Upon A Sketch blog and some paper from Lost and Found Two by MME.

I worked with the basic design of the sketch and then I had fun with all sorts of embellies - rosettes, a bling swirl, rub-ons from BoBunny, butterflies punched using a Martha Stewart punch, an edge distresser and some Tim Holtz ink.

Part of the challenge was that the title of the layout must be a year and our layout has to include at least two lines of written journaling.

This layout also meets a couple of other challenges for our Back-to-School on-line crop at TSF. Shelby challenged us to use numbers on our layout and Christa challenged us to include handwritten journaling. Even though I can't win the TSF challenges, I am having fun playing along!

Thanks for looking ~

Friday, September 9, 2011

On Line Crop at TSF!

Today was the start of a back-to-school themed on-line crop at Two Scrapbook Friends! Now that the kiddies are back-to-school it is the perfect time to get back into scrapbooking. On the TSF Forum, you can join in the fun as the Design Team and the two friends have posted a number of great challenges designed to inspire your creativity and get your mojo going!

My challenge is to create a layout or card that has to do with back-to-school shopping or your favorite back-to-school item. One of my favorite back to school purchases has always been a new pair of shoes. So I decided to use a photo of my son wearing his new shoes on the first day of school in 2005. For the title I used one of my favorite books from Dr. Suess, "Oh the places you'll go!"

Here are a couple of detail shots.

We hope you take this opportunity to join us for some on-line fun. You can participate in the chatter, have fun with the challenges and get some scrapbooking done! There are also some great prizes to be won for participating, so start digging out your supplies and clear a spot at the table! Then head over to the Forum and join in - I will see you there :)

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Little Red Wagon #97

Happy Wednesday! It is time for another fun challenge at Little Red Wagon :)

This week's challenge is to use die-cuts on your creation. I used my Cuttlebug and three fabulous dies from Die-namics to create my card.

I used the butterfly, ticket strip and pinwheel dies for this card. I also added a fun stamped sentiment, a button and some gems.

Why not join us this week? Pop on over to Little Red Wagon and take up the challenge! We would love to see what you create!

Monday, September 5, 2011

Summer Blessings

It has been a wonderful summer! It started with an incredible trip to Mexico and I didn't think it could get better! Then I had an amazing time with my mom and sisters at a little resort in Michigan! Perfect! Then we enjoyed a delightful graduation party for my son and niece during which we were able to visit with the entire family! Doesn't get much better than that!

But then I was surprised with a totally unexpected visit from my sister Mary and her daughter and her little baby this past weekend! Oh my gosh! My heart was so filled with joy at seeing them as they came running into my bedroom at midnight on Friday and yelling, "SURPRISE!" that all I could do was cry! Luckily I was still awake and reading a book, but I wondered aloud a few times if I was actually dreaming! Happy tears just flooded out as my heart took in the reality of their visit! The next morning I woke early and peeked into their bedroom and my heart was full at seeing them peacefully asleep in my home. I crawled back into bed and whispered to Mr. B, "They really are here! It wasn't just a dream!"

I began counting graces with Ann many months ago and I still keep my list. Each day I make note of the wondrous gifts in my life and I have come to truly appreciate that 'all is grace' - all is a special gift from the hand of our awesome God! Each joyful moment, each realization of the wonders of nature, each tug of my heart as I feel a special love for someone - pure grace!

As I put pen to paper - or in this case fingers to keyboard - I scarcely know where to begin! But I will recount some special moments from this wonderful summer, beginning with my 'sisters/girls weekend'...

#201. time spent on the beach

#202. colorful umbrellas

#203. great summer reading

#204. adorable baby beachwear

#205. antique stores

#206. the outdoor farmers market on a Saturday morning

#207. sweet cottages with white picket fences that are so pretty to look at

#208. the perfect little resort that we return to year after year

#209. a great-grandmother's love

#210. having a picnic dinner and enjoying one of the best cheeseburgers ever from the Cheeseburger Festival!

#211. saying good-night to another perfect day

When you count grace today, what are you most thankful for?
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