Thursday, January 22, 2015

Happy Santa-Stuck On U Sketches

Happy Thursday y'all! Today I have a layout to share that I created with the latest sketch at Stuck On U Sketches. The January 16 sketch, created by Leah, is so much fun & perfect for any remaining holiday photos you want to scrap!
  
I love all the fun Christmas trees and the photo blocks! Here is what I came up with:
 
I used the wonderful Snow Village  collection from Pink Paislee. I fell in love with this collection the minute I saw it & was lucky enough to still have some left over! The colors are so beautiful.
I started with the large rectangle cut from the polka dot paper, then laid the music strip paper horizontally across the top. 
My sequins are from The Crafty Pickle & the "Santa" tab is from Scraptastic club.
I punched the stars with my Fiskars' punch.


The trees above were cut from a patterned piece of paper from the collection & I used stickers for the base. The "wonderful life" pennant is from Scraptastic club.

 
This photo is from 2006-I know, it's old! But I found it the other day while cleaning out a drawer & wanted to get it on paper. I love how itty bitty Leah was! Ty wasn't even born yet. I love looking back on the pics from when the kids were little!
 
I hope you find the time to play along with this great sketch! If you do, be sure to link up here. We love seeing what you create!!
 
Thanks for stopping by! Hope it's a crafty day!
~Stephanie    

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Use It Up Tuesday-October Afternoon

Hey y'all! So it's Tuesday & I am trying to stick to my new installment blog posts-to use older products from my stash. Today I am sharing a layout I made for a challenge at October Afternoon which is "what's old is new ". Perfect for my Tuesday post!!
I used older papers from their  Sassparilla collection. I have loved this line since it was first released & still do today!
I splattered some white paint on the woodgrain paper; matted my photo with the blue paper & then white cardstock & from there, added in embellishments & small details.
 I punched several hearts from white cardstock & used the negative paper here.

The "medallion" on top of the doily is hand cut from a piece of OA paper.

The stickers here are from a sticker sheet from OA's Woodland Park collection.

I took the hearts & placed one on top of another with pop dots to give it some extra dimension. I love the white against the dark wood grain paper!
 
Thanks for visiting today! I hope I am inspiring you to use "what's old" in your stash.
Scrappy hugs,
~Stephanie  
 

Saturday, January 17, 2015

He's 8?!

That can't possibly be right! This little guy had another birthday yesterday & my heart did a small flip.
I think because he is my baby, every birthday we celebrate with him is bittersweet. He is growing up too quickly! Faster than I honestly like!!
 I mean really, where did this BABY go?!!?!
 
                                    
 Or this sweet little 3 year-old who loved nothing more than cuddling with his puppy? (He still loves to cuddle with his doggy. They've just both gotten much bigger!)

He begged us to get him out of school early since we do on Leah's birthday every year. We obliged & took him & her to lunch & then to see Paddington Bear. We came home & he opened presents from us &  then Mom-Mom came over with her gifts for him. He was thrilled to get a lot of Nerf guns (his request) & an Orioles hat! His aunt & uncle & cousin came by after dinner for a visit & brought more gifts (lucky boy)!



(Be still my  heart....)
He is a sweet & loving boy who also has a rough edge  & loves to be outside playing with friends. He can be a grump at times (like when he has to be woken up in the morning) but is mostly happy & easy going. Give him a baseball bat or football & he couldn't be happier. He likes to do his own thing & follow his own lead which I am so proud of. He is a kind-hearted & good friend.
He is my son & I love him with all my  heart, despite the fact that  he won't listen & continues to grow up!!! I couldn't be prouder of who is turning out to be. Love him!

Hope your Saturday has been a good one.
~Stephanie     


 

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Happy 8th Birthday-The Crafty Pickle

Hey y'all! Hope your Thursday is going well. We had some ice & schools were closed yesterday so I am playing catch-up today!
Tomorrow is Ty's 8th birthday so I made him a card. I wanted to keep it somewhat simple since he is a boy & doesn't appreciate frills!
   I started with the slate blue cardstock & added the plaid paper on top. This was in my scraps box from long ago!
I used the "Happy Birthday" flair from The Crafty Pickle. It is from their Birthday button flair set. The set includes 4 flat-backed buttons that are perfect for birthday crafting!
 
 The sequins on my card is also from The Crafty Pickle. It is the winter sequins mix. I just love the little snowflakes! The cardstock snowflake was punched with my Marvy punch.
Taniesa has a bunch of new flair & sequins in the shop! Be sure to stop by & stock up!! These cold, snowy winter days are the perfect time to craft!

Take care,
~Stephanie

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Bumper Cars-More Bella Blvd

Happy Hump Day y'all!
We got a small amount of sleet/freezing rain early this morning so the kids are at home today. There is a chance for more this afternoon but I am hoping that does not happen! They need to go back to school tomorrow- I need them to go back to school!

I have another layout to share using Bella Blvd's Lucky Starz collection.
For this one, I started with a sketch from My Scraps & More Sketches.


I started with white cardstock & splattered some black mist. The triangles were cut from a piece of BB paper. I like the way they give the page a feeling of movement.  
 
 
 The chipboard pieces here are from UmWow Studio.

 
 My alpha stickers are also from Bella Blvd & the acetate word diamonds are from Studio Calico.


  
The cork "way to go" phrase is by Scrapbook Circle.

These photos were taken in spring of 2010 at an area amusement park. Ty & my nephew LOVED the bumper cars that year & rode them numerous times this day! They had so much fun & created great memories! I wish they could have stayed that little!      

Thanks for visiting! I so appreciate it!
Create on!!
Stephanie

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Use It Up Tuesday-Bella Blvd

Hey y'all! Hope you are staying warm in your neck of the woods. It's a cold & blustery day here. Another good one for staying in and crafting! 

One of my (many) resolutions this year is to use up scrap supplies that I have been hoarding. I love new & pretty products, but what's the point of buying them if I never use them?! So I am going to test out a new installment on my blog called "Use It Up Tuesday". I will try to post a new project a few times a month using older products. 
So today I am posting my first "Use It Up' post! I created with Bella Blvd's Lucky Stars . This is such a fun collection, perfect for creating layouts of kids &  their many activities!! 

I began my layout with this sketch from My Creative Sketches
The orange cardstock really helps these fun papers pop off the page!
My son had his 4th birthday party at a local Childrens' Museum & the kids had a blast with the parachute.
I distressed the edges of the patterned papers  to give it a rough fell, like little boys had gotten a hold of it! Ha ha!

My alphas are also from Bella Blvd. I added in some colored sequins & two flair buttons from The Crafty Pickle . The wood veneer banner is also a hoarded item, from Pink Paislee.
 
The die cut heart & "what a wonderful day" tag are from Elle's Studio. I added a chipboard beanie hat (this reminded me of little boys) from UmWow Studio.
 

 
        My journaling is tucked inside of the glassine bag. I embellished it with feathers & a wood heart from Studio Calico, a fussy cut star from the Bella Blvd collection & a mini clothespin from Crate Paper. I don't always like for my journaling to show, so these bags tucked away on a page make the best solution! 

It's so hard to believe that these photos are almost 4 years old! Ty turns 8 on Friday!! I am in disbelief & a bit sad that that little guy is gone. : (  But I enjoy his antics & zest everyday! 

Thanks for stopping by! Stay warm!!
~Stephanie
      

Friday, January 9, 2015

Baby It's Cold Outside!

 

That statement has never rung truer!! As a lot of the country is getting slammed by an arctic blast, I am staying warm inside & creating in my craft room. As long as there is no snow & the kids go to school, I will continue to enjoy these frigid days!
My latest creation is a card made using the most recent card sketch from Sketch 'N Scrap:



What a fun winter time sketch! Here is what I came up with:

  I started with grey cardstock & cut the base of my card. The green polka dot paper is from Crate Paper's Notes & Things collection (love it). The journal card is from October Afternoon's Silent Night collection (an all-time fave of mine!). I used some paper strips from my stash & my new favorite punch-the deer head from EK Success.
I am going to have to find other ways to showcase this punch on my projects now that the holidays are over! I am obsessed with it!! The flair button is from The Crafty Pickle. Their flair is awesome!!
The small blue piece of paper is a scrap that I misted with blue & red mists. It was just laying on my desk so I grabbed it & stuck it down! 
 
Thanks for stopping by today. I hope you have a great weekend & stay warm!
~Stephanie