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Monday, September 22, 2014

A List

Hey y'all! Hope the weekend was a good one. We enjoyed it & were even productive around the house! It always feels good to tackle some projects and check off the list.
Speaking of lists, the current Project Life challenge is up today at Stuck On U Sketches  and it is to add a list to your spread.
   
Here is my page:
I used a mix of manufacturers here. The large leaf journal card is from Echo Park. The "remember this", "hashtag" & light green cards are all from My Mind's Eye's Now and Then collection. 
My list contains several things we love about fall. The die cut leaves are older from Fancy Pants & the number stickers are also from Fancy Pants. 
I love this photo of Ty at Field Day of the Past in 2010!! He was such a cute little baby still.

Make sure to play along with this week's PL challenge and link up here for a chance at this month's wonderful prizes! And don't forget about the anniversary blog hop taking place too. You can revisit the PL hop here and the die cut blog hop here. The sketch team's blog hop is happening on September 26, so be sure to check it out then!

Thanks for visiting!
Stay carfty!
~Stephanie 
     


Saturday, September 20, 2014

Colorful Creations

Hey y'all & happy weekend! It's a nice one here & we are staying busy!!
last night was one of our favorite fall events-Field Day of the Past. It's a carnival/exhibit & my kids always love going. Last night was no exception! this was the first year though that we didn't watch the truck & tractor pull! Ty was too enthralled with the rides to be bothered this time!
Today is full of baseball games/riding lessons & then some girl time for me tonight! (I can't wait!!)

I want to share some information about Colorful Creations' design team call! They host bi-weekly sketch challenges that are so fun! Have a peek at the call info here.
I created this layout based on their sketch & prompt to use fall colors:
   

I started with the kraft cardstock (it screams fall to me!) & added layers of patterned paper from My Mind's Eye. I chose the orange polka dots & stripes from their Lost & Found collection. I love mixing manufacturers and prints, which is exactly what I did here.












The pennants were cut from a piece of Pink Paislee paper, from their Prairie Hill collection.
The leaf border is old from my stash. Love when I can use older items and "clean out"!!









The heart sticker and chippie buttons are from My Mind's Eye's Market Street collection-love it!
I also used a die cut leaf stem from Fancy Pants. My alohas are, of course, Thickers!









 My doily is from Martha Stewart. The flatback is from Jenni Bowlin and the "happy days" sticker is also from My Mind's Eye's Market Street coltection.


















This sketch was great fun to play with! If you get a chance, give it a go! The dt call is open through September 23.
Scrap on!!
~Stephanie



Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Guesting at Stick It Down

Hey y'all!
I am excited to share that I was chosen as a guest designer at Stick It Down! I was able to create with this amazingly fun sketch

Don't you just love all the small squares?! The possibilities here are endless!
Here is my layout:
 I started with the background paper from October Afternoon that I swear I have been hoarding for years! On top of that, I placed four squares that measure approximately 3x3, on a piece of cream cardstock.
 I splattered some black mist on the cardstock. The chipboard butterflies are from Heidi Swapp & were misted with Jack Frost mist from Tattered Angels.


The photo is from summer of 2011 on our trip to Williamsburg. We took the kids to Jamestown for a few hours & they were both bored to tears (literally for Ty)! This is one of a few decent pictures I was able to get that day-ha!    
I had a blast creating this page & love the way it turned out! Thanks for having me as a guest designer SID!!
Maybe you can find the time to play along with this great sketch also!

Supplies:
-patterned paper-October Afternoon; Fancy Pants; Crate Paper
-burlap pieces-Little Yellow Bicycle
-cork embellishments-Fancy Pants
-doily-Martha Stewart
-chipboard butterflies-Heidi Swapp

Thank y'all for stopping by! I really appreciate it!!
~Stephanie

Monday, September 15, 2014

Creative Blog Tour

Hey y'all & happy Monday & middle of September! Holy-where is this year going?!

I was tagged by my sweet friend Pamela Lash (aka "Mama Lovebug") to participate in this creative blog tour & am honored she chose me!
I met Pam through Lovebug Creation's about a year and a half ago. She is the co-owner of the store and I was chosen to be on their first design team. I have had the best time creating for, and with, them over all these months. Pam is the kindest, most genuine lady & has always made me feel welcome & appreciated! Though we have never met in person, we have established a fabulous bond & of that, I am forever grateful!! I would love to meet one day & spend time crafting together-she is always such an inspiration. Thanks so much Pam!

So, here are the questions about me. I hope you enjoy!!
 What am I working on? 
I am currently working on a layout for a guest design spot that is coming up very soon! (Be sure to check back for more on that.)














I am also creating a PL spread for my design team commitment at Stuck On U Sketches. While I don't keep a traditional PL album ( I certainly couldn't keep up with that), I do enjoy scrapping in that style at times. It allows me to create quick, more informative pages.
I am also working on printing pictures. I like to physically print all of our photos &  then I can delete them from our computer. I am about 3 years behind on this project!

How does my work differ from others of it's genre? 
This is a hard question for me to answer! I feel like I tend to follow a lot of the current hot trends & techniques. I like playing with mists, paint, distressing but I tend to stay on the simpler side of things. As far as being different, I would have to say that I am probably one of the last scrappers who does not yet own a Silhouette! I do plan to ask Santa to bring me one for Christmas. We'll see if he complies!!

Why do I write/create what I do?      
 I think like so many of us, I started scrapping to record our life's memories. I began about 11 years ago, when my oldest was a baby, with the intention of documenting her first year. I wanted to be able to look back, as well as her be able to see her life recorded on paper, on what that fun & monumental time was like for us! And, as the story goes, once I delved into this hobby, I was completely addicted & knew I never wanted to stop!

How does your creating process work? 
I usually start with an inspiration-be it a sketch or an online challenge-& build from there. I tend to let my photo dictate a lot of how my page will feel. If the picture is one of my daughter, I go a bit more feminine or for my son, I may go a little more grungy & distressed. I typically like to keep my journaling hidden, unless it's a quick blurb about where and/or when. I tend to grab whatever is laying on my desk to embellish my page with & Thickers for me are a must!!

I want to nominate my good friend Dorcas. She will be sharing more about herself on September 22. We met at Lovebug Creation's & I so enjoyed creating alongside of her & getting to know her. She is not only a great crafter, but she is sweet & amazingly strong & determined!! Check out her blog at  http://www.craftycardangel.com/.

Thanks for stopping by! See ya' soon!
~Stephanie

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Create A Smile

Hey y'all & happy Saturday!
I have a card to share that I created for the October Guest Designer call at Create A Smile.
I used their adorable "monster birthday" freebie that can be found here.

I colored the cute little guy with markers & pencils. 

I used my Martha Stewart punch to give him a birthday balloon! 


 The freebies were so fun to play with & I know their stamps would be too. They are all so amusing and sweet!!

Supplies:
-cardstock-Bazzill
-patterned paper-Crate Paper
-ribbon-Lovebug Creation's
-cork arrows-Jillibean Soup

Until next time, keep creating!
~Stephanie

Friday, September 12, 2014

Hello I Love You

Hey y'all! I hope this wonderful Friday finds you well & enjoying yourself. It is beautiful here- sunny, clear skies & 70 degrees with a crisp nip in the air. It definitely feels like fall & I am so ready!!! I bought some pumpkin scented candles & soap today & am imagining days spent at the pumpkin patch, chili cooking in the kitchen & snuggling up in blankets! This is my favorite season!!

I have a layout to share that I created using this sketch from Creative Scrappers and the fabulous Jenny Evans!






















 I used an older piece of paper from My Mind's Eye's Lost & Found collection. I also played along with their September challenge, to use glitter.
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Everything here is a mix of My Mind's Eye, from their Market Street, Just Sayin' & Record It! collections.


  The glitter triangles were cut from a sheet of cardstock.

Thanks for visiting! Have a fabulous weekend!!
~Stephanie

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Tuesday with LBC

*If you are looking for the SOUS Anniversary Pl Blog Hop, go here!*

Hey y'all! So it's been one week since school started & all is going well here! Leah still loves middle school & is adjusting beautifully. Ty is doing great with his morning routine & even with homework. So far, so good!!
Today I have a quick & simple necklace to share  that I made using Lovebug Creations' rumple ribbons.
I used Fool's Gold from the Lucky You-Lucky Me collection & Envious from the Loves Me...Loves Me Knot collection! I simply twisted the two ribbons together & slipped on the wooden bauble (that I found in my stash). Quick & easy for sure, but Leah loved the resulting product! (I may even wear it myself sometimes!)
Be sure to stop by the store to shop for these, and more, gorgeous ribbons!!
Stay crafty friends!
~Stephanie