Thursday, August 3, 2017

New Beginnings

  In my neck of the woods school starts next week. Even though I have no school age children in my home, I am blessed to be able to be active in my grandchildren's lives. Thus, my calendar flows with the school year somewhat. I always feel like buying new school supplies that are blank and clean signifies a new start. So I am starting off with my August calendar and setting some goals. I have a small group of scrappy friends and we have challenged each other to try to make 30 projects in the month of August. You guessed it, challenge is on the list of goals. Well, I am happy to say that I have gotten 2 layouts done so I am staying on target so far!
  I really am needing some help in getting my mojo flowing and am very thankful for this sketch from Creative Scrappers. I have had this picture  on my desk for months....... started a layout  before and I
can't even remember the paper collection I was going to use ugh.....Thank you for the sketch push!
And here is my take.....



I used Bella Blvd. Tiny Tots for this layout!
  Thank you so much for stopping by. I hope you have a truly wonderful day!
Brenda

Sunday, July 16, 2017

A rare opportunity..... Craft Cave Time

  I have really struggled recently with whether or not to give up and stop scrapping for now at least. Then a friend motivated me to keep with it and suddenly  a very rare slow week end and a layout was created! I am thankful for Sketches in Thyme . I was struggling with trying to get started and this sketch got it going for me. These pictures were on my desk since May and now they are ready for the beach album! The layout was still a struggle but am so glad that "the funk" was held at bay just a little longer!
 Here is the sketch
And here is my simple layout
 Hope that it will not be 2 months until I am back!
  Thanks for stopping by!
Brenda

Friday, March 10, 2017

My beautiful daughters

  Last week end both of my daughters went to Mommycon in Chicago. They traveled together and truly had a wonderful time. There are many pictures of them together and they just look so happy! It makes my heart so light to see them enjoy each other. It truly is a gift to me as their interests have always been very different. Motherhood has definitely brought them together!
  I used the March sketch at Stick It Down. I honestly did not think I would use this sketch when I first saw it but really enjoyed working with it once I got started.
 The sketch....
 My layout...

I used the Simple Stories Posh collection. The leaves were stenciled on using Heidi Swapp metallic texture paste in teal..... I love this stuff!!! It looks wonderful in person!
  Thank you so much for taking the time to check out my layout.
Have a wonderful day!
Brenda

You got What for Christmas?

  The only big item on Skylers Christmas list was a chainsaw. So that is exactly what he got. Of course it does not get much use and this documents the first time he got to use it. We had the boys for the week end and  they brought it along to break it in. Jeff and I were a wreck but they all did great and truly listened to all the instructions,  with "Mr. Safety" as a Grandpa there were many!
  I used the March 1st sketch  at Let's Get Sketchy to document this most scary of days.
Here is the sketch
And here is my layout....
I used Simple Stories So Rad, my current go to for boys, for this layout.
 Thank you for stopping by I hope you are having a most amazing day!
Brenda

Monday, March 6, 2017

cheeze

  Well, I am still plugging along on moms book. This one really threw me. I absolutely loved the heart I created but when I got it on the paper I just could not embellish it. So in me fashion decided today was the last day to mess with it...just do it and be happy if for no other reason than it is no longer on my desk. I used sketch number 267 at Sketches in Thyme.

Here is the sketch...
And here is my layout....


I do still like the heart so I will eventually be okay with this one. I have pictures for one more for her book printed out and then I am going to take another break from it.
Thank you so much for stopping by and visiting my little spot in the world.
Brenda

Sunday, March 5, 2017

A new challenge blog for me.....

I was searching for  a sketch challenge with just one photo to do a layout of my oldest granddaughter when I ran across this sketch at My Creative Sketches. I have not had much time to explore the blog as the dead line for this sketch was looming. But I love the sketch and it is a great prize!  And no this is not my granddaughter, it always takes forever for me to do Olivia layouts so since the dead line was today I decided to do one of Zade instead.
 Here is the cute one picture sketch.
And here is my take...
I used Echo Park Bundle of Joy. the green stars and the wood hearts are from my stash. The cork pieces are from Fancy Pants.
  I am looking forward to seeing what the next sketch is like!!
    Thank you for the inspiration!

 Thank you so much for stopping by.
 I hope for you a blessed day!
Brenda

Monday, February 27, 2017

Can hardly believe it is true

 Saturday was a double birthday party Skyler was 9 and Zade was 3. I thought and thought about what to get Zade and the day before the party decided on a bike. I don't think I thought about it because I simply can not believe he is that big.It was a perfect choice as he loved it! I loved all the stars on this sketch at Clique Kits I just tend to really like stars on my boy layouts.
And here is my take
I know isn't he just the cutest !!!
Thank you so much for taking a few minutes with me.
I hope your day is filled with many smiles
Brenda

Another for the book......

  I saw this sketch at the Scraproom earlier this month and it intrigued me. I am not a great photographer and don't think about getting both landscape and portrait orientations so I just was not sure if I could make it work. Then I decided that I would use one of the penguins off the banner as my second "pic".This is the cake that Adrienne made for the party. It was adorable and tasty! Really had some trouble with liking the finished layout. But I decided this morning to just finish it up and move on.
Here is the sketch.....

and here is my take.....

Thank you for your time.
Brenda

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Isn't he too sweet

  Jack my youngest grandson is absolutely so photogenic..... I know I am a bit partial, but his face just makes me happy. Amanda sent this one to me a couple of days ago..... Just because. I just had to honor it!  I bought some metallic texture paste by Heidi Swapp at Michaels the other day.... and decided to give it a test run. I have a bit to learn but it is fabulous. I used the  February week 1 sketch at Sketches in Thyme. What a fun sketch!

And here is my sketch......
Isn't he the cutest thing!   The navy sheet is from my stash.... just love navy and silver.... I used the silver metallic texture paste and the Tim Holtz burlap stencil to create the background. The papers, enamel dots, washi tape and chipboard are all from Simple Stories So Rad. The wire thread and silver stars are stash busters!

  I so appreciate you spending a few minutes with me today.
I hope your day is full of happiness and good memories.
Brenda


What a Process

  I am still really struggling getting back into the groove of scrapbooking. I just really do not "love" any of my pages. I just do not seem to be able to get a hold of  a vision and follow it through. That being said...... I am forcing myself to share my work anyway as that is part of the process for me. I start with this one that is for the sketch at Let's Get Sketchy. My 60th birthday was Sunday and my husband had the flu, so what was to be an exciting day was kinda blah. My precious daughter and her husband took me to lunch and truly brightened my day. I had the cutest dates ever!!
Here is the sketch... 

And here is my take



I found a Studio Calico kit Snippets in my stash. It had gotten buried  and totally forgotten about. I really enjoyed working with it and I will keep it close at hand to use again. I used a cut file from Paper Issues  and I used sequins from Pretty Pink Posh.

  Thank you so much for  stopping by!
Brenda











Monday, February 13, 2017

Just plugging along...

  One more done for Moms book... This one was a bear!! Just could not be happy with it. Messed with it for a couple of days then walked away. Then this morning decided I would finish it and just be happy! Well, I am happy it is no longer on my desk!! I am ok with the finished product..
 I had never visited My Creative Sketches before but saw the sketch on another blog. I thought it was the perfect sketch to use for one of the balloon pictures.
Here is the sketch
And here is my take
Thank you for taking the time to stop by and don't forget to head over to My Creative Sketches and check out the challenges and their kits!
Have a wonderful day!
Brenda



Thursday, February 9, 2017

Cousin time!

  The boys so enjoy cousin time! It was gorgeous for Moms party so after we ate it was outside for the afternoon. This was the 3 older boys learning that 3 is not always tons of fun......Emme bowed out to  be a big kid with Olivia.
  I did a pretty good purge this week and gave away a huge box!!  I need to do more but....not there yet. While going through stuff  I dug out some very old papers that I liked for these pics! This was a true Stash busting layout the only thing I used that was under a year old was the heart dies!
I used the sketch at Sketch-N-Scrap and the Tic Tac Toe board at Scrap Our Stash as a starting point for this one.

I used the top row The color red, Polka dot paper and a tag
And her is my take

Thank you so very much for stopping by!
 I truly home you are having a wonderful day!
Brenda
 

Monday, February 6, 2017

A Day with Zade.

 Last Thursday Adrienne got the opportunity to work at a Grand Opening of a baby boutique as a babywearing consultant. Therefore it was a Grandma and Zade day!!  We had a really fun day just putzing around. We went to the Chic-fil-a dwarf house for lunch and he was absolutely thrilled to get to go through the little door. I so loved seeing the joy on his face. Oh to be a child and such simple things would make our face light up.
   I use the sketch at Let's Get Sketchy for Feb 1st.
 They also have a mood board to go with the sketch.



And here is my take......
 I was inspired by the red paint and the puffy heart balloons. What fun to combine the two challenges!

This is a hodge podge of things that I had in my stash. I am in the middle of a purge so trying to use some of it up and make room for more!!!

Thank you for your time.
Have a most wonderful day!
Brenda












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Sunday, February 5, 2017

Had so much Fun

I decided that I needed a break from Mom's book to see if I could jump start my mojo a bit. I had so much fun doing this layout, I am so glad I took the break!
  I try to take the boys to the movies often. Zade is too little so it is hard for them to go as a family so it is a Grandma thing. Our theater has great comfy recliners so it is always a hit.  This is the first 3D movie we have seen so had to document it!
  I recently ordered a kit of Simple Stories Rad from Peachy Cheap. I absolutely love it and it just works with these two guys! I only got a 6x6 pad so will be a little challenged with it but this sketch was perfect. This was also the first time I have ever layered with 3x4 cards. I am so pleased with how much fun that was! I with definitely be doing that again and this kit has some really great ones.
 I used the February sketch at Stick it Down
And here is my take




 I used a Tim Holtz stencil and Gorgeous Grunge stamp set from Stampin Up for the background.
I also added a few wooden embellies from my stash!

  I really appreciate you taking the time to visit me.
Have truly blessed day
Brenda

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Sketches in Thyme # 258

  I got a little behind on my goal for Mom's book, and knowing that there really is not time for getting behind I rushed through this one a bit... that and I wanted to get it posted before the deadline and I have to work the next 2 days  haha I really am having trouble getting back into a groove with scrapping. I am just not loving my layouts at all. The great news is my Mom is one of my biggest fans so she will love them all...
Here is the Sketches in Thyme Sketch
This is my take...... 

  It is really a challenge to get to know my product all over again. So tempted to just purge it all and start over.  Instead I will just trudge through and enjoy the process until I get back in the swing of crafting again!
 I appreciate the time you spent with me.
Thanks
Brenda




Thursday, January 26, 2017

Mojo Monday #481

  Oh my goodness it has been SOOOOOO long since I have done a card from a sketch. Life has been so hectic that I have just been winging it and making super quick cards. But I wanted this card to be a little more special. So I even dug out my 6x6 pads for this one! My soon to be 9 year old super sensitive, big hearted grandson Is having a rough time a school. His best friend has a girl friend and now the two of them have  started teasing and belittling him. Yesterday he cried the whole afternoon until he cried himself to sleep..... yep he needs some encouragement so I set out to do just that. I had seen the mojo Monday sketch and decided to use that as a starting point...
Here is my take on the sketch
Thanks for taking your time to visit, it is truly appreciated!
Brenda



Laughter

  My cousin Sharon and I are the sisters to each other that we never had. We have been separated over many years and each time we get together it is like we were never apart. I am so thankful to have her in my life. You truly know that if you invite Sharon to the party it will be a barrel of laughs.  So when I got this wooden title in a grab bag I knew that it would go on a layout about Sharon. This is the next in the layouts for Moms book from the party. My goal is at least 2 a week and I got a bit bogged down with this one so I need to pick up the pace. I just kept coming back to it and feeling like it isn't finished..... Finally this morning I glued everything down and decided to call it done and move on!!!
  I used the Januarty single page sketch from Stick it Down
And here is my take.....

As you can see I used this as a bit of a stash buster. I inked up the back ground, the journaling strips and the title using Heidi Swapp Color Shine in Teal and I dug out some really old Key Lime Pie Glimmer Mist for the background.... yes I did have to work to unclog the sprayer.
Tons of washi tape from stash and some ancient sequins and I am calling it done. Now it is on to the next one!
  

Thank you for stopping by.
My blessings are many.
Brenda

Saturday, January 21, 2017

80th Cover page

  Well, my week went downhill after the last blog post, but I decided when I finally gave up on yesterday and went to bed that I would get up this morning and attack once again. So I started the next layout for Mom's book.... I figure if I can keep the 2 a week pace I will have it done for Mother's Day. I think I can I think I can I think I can.......

   Paper Issues  Has a challenge for January to use a big title. I decided to cut apart the banner I made for Mom's birthday party and use the 80 as part of my title. I am going to use this as the first page. Getting a picture of her was quite the challenge. She fought every picture taken but I did not give in so have a couple of them... This is cropped from a picture that was taken with her and all her children.
The sketch is from Let's Get Sketchy January Week 1.
And here is my take




 Still not thrilled with my layouts but for now I am just forcing myself to get them done. It has been so long since I had any mojo I just think if I keep plugging along it will come (at least I hope so lol)

Thanks for stopping by
My blessings are many!
Brenda



Thursday, January 19, 2017

On the Way Back

 It has been so long since I have done a blog post I was unsure even how to get in to my blog..... yep.... last post was in May. Mom moved out at Thanksgiving time and with the holidays this is the first time I have even attempted to post. I have done a few random projects but have not even taken the time to enter a challenge. During this unplanned hiatus I have discovered that my Craft Cave, messy as it may be, is my happy place. I have felt scattered and discombobulated a lot during the last year and I am hoping that I can maintain a slower pace more often in 2017. Today I took a declared a pj day and am playing in the Cave!
   So the first challenge I have attempted is at Clique Kits    The challenge was to get inky. Right up my alley I love ink, spritz and paint! There also is a January sketch. It is optional to use it but I loved it so combined the two.
Here is the sketch
And here is my take.....



This is the first of the layouts for Moms book to document her 80th birthday party. It is pretty simple but I scrapped!!!! EEK    Thank you for the great challenge that got me moving!

 I used Heidi Swapp color shine in teal.
The circle and title were cut with MTC
 The snowflakes are from a Martha Stewart border punch.
The papers are from a Winter Collection that is Paper Studio or Hobby Lobby brand, as is the chipboard embellie.
Everything else is just scrounged from my stash.
Thank you so much for taking a minute to visit me as I dust off this neglected blog.

My blessings are many,
Brenda