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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Layout with Lovebug Creations

Hey y'all ! happy last Tuesday of July!! How is that even possible?! This month has absolutely flown by!! "Time flies when you're having fun"-right?! It sure has around here! We have had a fun-filled month, for sure!

Today is my day to share over on the Lovebug Creations' blog. I have a layout that we created in our once-a-month scrap club. This layout was originally inspired by this one off of the My Mind's Eye board on Pinterest. Here is my page:
I used the sweet rumple ribbon in Dahlia from the Southern Sass collection. I have also used four Beautiful Blooms  two in white, one in Kisses and one in Envious

  
 These handmade, clay flowers are the best to work with! And they add a delicate touch to any project.
My papers are all from my stash & are a mix of manufacturers-Crate Paper, Glitz, to name a few. The "party" die cut & the locator are both from Crate Paper. The gold glitter alphas are from AC Thickers.
   This picture was taken on the second to last day of Leah's third grade year. Mrs. Brady was "the best" teacher she has ever had!! I still miss her, so does Leah! There were many tears shed on that last day of school.

Thanks for stopping by y'all! Be sure to check out the Lovebug Creations' store for the fabulous products you see here and more!
Stay crafty!!
~Stephanie

Monday, July 28, 2014

SOUS PL Challenge-Summer

Hey y'all & welcome to this fabulous Monday! We are currently in the Bahamas at Atlantis Resort & are having a blast!! (I will share pics later of our vacay.)
Today a new project life challenge is up at Stuck On U Sketches
We want to see your pages about summer! What better time to scrap about this wonderful & relaxing season!!
Here is my layout:
I  used a mix of PL cards here. "You were meant to shine" is from MAMBI. The kaleidoscope chippie flower is from My Mind's Eye. The "Hello Summer" card is an actual card that my son received last summer from his best friend while he was at camp. I added the small alphas from Jillibean Soup to include the word "summer". The wood veneers are from Studio Calico. 


 The "beautiful" & "summer day" tags are from Pretty Little Studio. 
These are photos from our vacation in 2009. The kids were so little!! I miss those days (sometimes). LOL! 

We hope you get the chance  to play along with this challenge. Be sure to link up on the blog to the correct challenge for a chance at this month's prize! 

Thanks for stopping by. We are off to swim with the dolphins! Woo hoo!!
Stay scrappy, my friends!
~Stephanie 

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Thursday Layout

Hey y'all! It's a rainy, grey Thursday here. What better time to scrap?! I wish I could spend the day scrappin' away, but I have a million & one things on my to do list! We leave for the Bahamas tomorrow & once again, I am down to the wire trying to get it all done!
But yesterday I did manage to kick out this layout. To get started, I used the current sketch from Life.Paper.Scrapbook

and their mood board

Here is my layout




















I was inspired by the colors in the mood board and the distressed elements.
I  used my punch to create the squares on the background. I cut out 4 2" squares, distressed them & then pieced them together to create a larger square. I did the same on the other side. All papers here are from my scraps drawer. I love, love, love the feeling of using up those scraps! Especially since I never throw anything away!
The gingham paper is from Lily Bee. Most of my scrap papers are from Crate Paper.

I used my Fiskars star punch to make the larger stars & the white, mistable ones are from Studio Calico, as are the blue stickers. 
The "four" banner is cut from a journaling sheet of paper from Crate.
These pics are from Ty's 4th birthday. He loved Batman at the time. He has grown leaps & bounds since then!!
Thanks for stopping by. It means a lot!!
~Stephanie

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Happy Birthday Mom!

Hey ya'll!
Welcome to another Tuesday & my day to share on the Lovebug Creations' blog.
My mom's birthday is Thursday. She will be 71. After what happened to her a few months ago (she had a TIA & doctors discovered that both carotid arteries were 80% blocked), we are so happy to celebrate her birthday!
She is an amazing mother & grandmother! We'd all be lost without her.
Here is the card I made for her, using Garden Green rumple ribbon from the Gardens of Tara collection:
She loves the color pink & flowers. I hope she enjoys this card. Doesn't the ribbon look stupendous with the colors of the striped paper & the die cut?! Love it! 

Be sure to check out the Lovebug Creations' store for all your ribbon needs! 
Thanks for swinging by!
~Stephanie  
    

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Summer Reading!

Happy Sunday y'all! Hard to believe another weekend is coming to a close, but for us that means one day closer to a Bahamian vacation!! We are all so excited! I am looking forward to tropical breezes, crystal clear water, a drink in my hand & hopefully finding some quiet time to read.
I think I have mentioned before that reading is one of my favorite things. I love the pastime & remember that this love affair for me started as a young child. I recall getting so excited when the Scholastic book flyers were distributed in the classroom! I would spend hours pouring over the selections & then beg my mom to buy me a few of my choices. And then the anticipation of waiting for those books to arrive was like waiting for Christmas! To me there is great joy in the feel of a taut new book in my hand. I am probably one of few people who still read paper books;no e-books for me, thanks!
Here are some of the books on my nightstand right now.
1. Ghost Town At Sundown 
This is book #10 in the Magic Tree House series. Ty is reading these books & loving them! We read some to him & I cherish these times that we snuggle up in my bed & read together. 
2. Orphan Train
I just finished this book 3 days ago & I really liked it! It taught me about a small part of this nation's history I had never even heard of. Powerful writing too. 
3. Tell The Wolves I'm Home
Picked this book up at Costco the other day. It has been on my "to read" shelf for a while. Needless to say, I am excited to read it this summer!
4. The Language of Flowers
This book was recommended to me by several friends. I love hearing from people whose input I appreciate. I have heard it is a great read & just started it. I am liking it so far! 
5. Pope Joan
Wow! What an amazing book about a woman whose courage & desire for learning & knowledge led her down an unheard of path. A fabulous book!
6. Lies You Wanted To Hear     
This was an okay read, not too bad for this first-time author. It was a bit far stretched from me & hard to fathom. I don't know that I would recommend it, but won't say I am sorry I read it either. 
7. The White Queen (not pictured)
I enjoyed this book & the fascinating storytelling of life in medieval times between royal families captivated me. However, I thought it was a bit too drawn out & detailed. I thought a lot of the tedium could have been left out & the book would have been awesome!

So there is a look at what's on my "book shelf" right now. If you are an avid reader & what to follow more of my book shelves, you can find me on "Goodreads" at     https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/6419154-stephanie-eaken   

SO, what is on your "to read" list this summer?! 
~Stephanie  

Friday, July 18, 2014

Christmas In July!

Hey y'all & good Friday morning!
Today Lovebug Creations & Craftin Desert Divas are hosting a "Christmas in July" co-hop over on Facebook! You don't want to miss all the fun, wonderful projects & prizes!! You can get started here.

The project I made is a Christmas card. I used Envious rumple ribbon to tie a beautiful bow on the side. The stamp set is called Holly Day Punnies & I chose the "Happy H-owl-idays" sentiment. But, since I am such a huge dog love, I went in another direction with it! Here is my card:

I started with the white cardstock, that I misted with red mist from Heidi Swapp, & stamped the sentiment at the bottom. 
 The wood veneer dogs are from Studio Calico & were also misted, some in Dark Calico from SC & some in gold from Heidi Swapp. 
The next step was to add all of the sequins! Oh what fun!! I love the festive look it gives my card! To add a bit more bling (because it is a Christmas card!) I topped the bow with a white glitter dot. 

I really like the way this card turned out & know I'll be making more before December hits!
Be sure to visit all the stops on today's hop for some very inspirational projects (& the chance to win fabulous prizes)!!

I hope this got you in the Christmas spirit, albeit a little early!
~Stephanie  

Thursday, July 17, 2014

The Littlest Rock Star

Good mornin' y'all!
I have a layout to share that I just created. I played along with this sketch from Stuck?!Sketches
  
and the challenge at Frosted Designs which is to use a die cut or punch on your project.
Here is what I created:

I spaced out the triangles on my layout & the strip with my title on it was created using a mask from Heidi Swapp. Love the dots, stars & hearts! 
Here are some detail shots 


I used my heart punch from Fiskars & lots of pop dots to give some of the hearts height. 
This layout was made with the "Hey Kid" collection from Pink Paislee. I still have some bits & pieces left & hope to create more pages with it soon! The glitter alphas are Thickers.
I know the pictures on my layout are not great, but I loved them of Ty playing "rock star" with his sister's guitar!

Thanks for stopping by today. I do appreciate it!!
~Stephanie