Friday, May 19, 2017

Scrap Our Stash May Sketch + "MOTHER"

It is time for the May Sketch + "WORD" Challenge over at the Scrap Our Stash Blog!

This month's added word challenge is "MOTHER" - Use an item(s) from your STASH that starts with each of the letters in the word "MOTHER." A perfect challenge for MAY!!

Here is the sketch:


Bellow is my Design Team Layout for your inspiration, for this month's AWESOME challenge:

I decided to create a layout that also included an old photo of my beautiful Mom, handsome Dad, and me as a baby too!  I am so lucky to have such wonderful parents!

Here is what I used from my "STASH" for the Word Challenge:
M- Mousse (Nuvo -Indian Gold)
O- Oval Fussy Cut Embellishment, and Oval Family sticker
T- Tag, Twine
H- Heart, Hanger
E-  Echo Park Paper, Embellishments, 
R- Ranger Distress Stains and Inks


I used the Nuvo Mousse and applied it with a palette knife through a stencil - here is a close up photo of the the base before I added anything to it - it was so much fun!!

And here are a few close ups of my layout for you too!





Thanks for stopping by!  I hope I've inspired you to create and play along with us this month at the SCRAP OUR STASH Blog!

((HUGS)) ~ Sherri

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Challenge YOUrself #41 - May Mood Board

Hi Scrappy Friends!  Who doesn't love a MOOD BOARD for inspiration for your creation??
This month, over at the Challenge YOUrself Blog - we have a Beautiful one!

Use all or just some of the lovely goodness below to inspire you to create your layout - Just remember - YOU have to be in one of the photos you use.  Full Details and Info can be found on The Challenge YOUrself Blog - I hope you will play along with us this month!

Here you go:

And here is my layout:
I used this photo in 2 different sized for my layout.  This is my hubby, oldest son and I swimming with the stingrays, in Antigua, on our 2014 Disney Magic Trans Atlantic Cruise.  What an Awesome Day - and an Amazing Adventure!!  Antigua was our first port of call, after crossing the Atlantic Ocean and being at sea for 5 days!!  We were so lucky that the ocean was a calm then, as it appears in these photos!

Here are some close ups for you:



I hope you find inspiration in the board, and my layout - stop by the Challenge YOUrself Blog for contest, prize details and more inspiration from our talented DT!  

I can't wait to see what you will create!  (((HUGS)) ~ Sherri

Items Used:
American Crafts - Imaginesce - Perfect Vacation - Say Cheese
Bo Bunny Key Lime / Key Lime Notes
KaiserCraft Brads
Pebbles Enamel Dots
Creative Imaginations - Christine Adolph - Chipboard
Jillibean Soup - Bits of Blog
Ranger Distress Stains - Peacock Feathers, Fossilized Amber, Twisted Citron
Royal Coat Dimensional Magic
Wink of Stella Clear Brush
Epiphany Crafts Punch and Acrylic Circle
Custom "Antigua" Title from Scrap-a-Doodle Doo

Friday, May 5, 2017

SOS May Tic Tac Toe Challenge - Life is too Short!

Hello and Happy May everyone!! 

I hope everyone had a great April!
My month was a bit busy, as my husband had a total knee replacement on the 4th, and was in the hospital and the rehab facility for the first 2 weeks.  He is on the slow road to recovery, and doing well.  I don't know how I found the chance to scrap - but I am so happy that I did!

Well, since it is May, that means that it is time for another FUN layout challenge over at the Scrap Our Stash Blog!  I really love these Tic Tac Toe Challenges as they help me to look through and find items in my "Stash" that I purchased because I loved them, and then somehow they got put away and forgotten about, ( or buried under something, most likely!)

Here is this month's Tic Tac Toe Board:

I decided to use the "Here We Go Collection" from Simple Stories for my layout, which captures a memory of our Disney Wonder Panama Canal Cruise, and our fun day on a 
Dune Buggy Tour in Cozumel, Mexico! 

Here is my "Life is too Short" layout:
I chose to go straight across the middle and used:
The Color Yellow
Clouds
Paper Clip 

Here are a few close ups:



Thanks for stopping by - I hope I have inspired you to play along with us at the
Scrap Our Stash Blog!

((HUGS)) ~ Sherri

Items used:
Simple Stories "Here We Go!" Collection:
Green/Teal Map
2x12, 4x12, 6x12 Page Elements
4x6 Journaling Cards
Boarding Pass
Happy Place
Bradz, Enamel Dots, Bits and Pieces, Chipboard Stickers
Fundamental Cardstock Stickers
Expressions Cardstock Stickers
My Mind's Eye - Cut and Paste Bits and Pieces
Ranger Distress Stains - Twisted Citron, Carved Pumpkin, Peacock Feathers, Fossilized Amber.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Scrap Our Stash Sketch +Flowers - Our "Fun Trip"

It is time for April's sketch at Scrap Our Stash!  This month's "word" is FLOWER, so in addition to the sketch, you must include an item that starts with the first letter of that word, in your layout submission.

Here is the sketch - I think it is a perfect one for those Instagram photos!
I used the following items from my stash, to fulfill the "FLOWER" Challenge:

F - Fibers, Flash Cards paper, Fired Brick Stain
L - Lined paper, Live.Love.Laugh paper, leaves
O - Ochre (color,) Oasis Stickers ( title )
W - Washi Tape, Wooden Hearts, We R Memory Keepers - Gold Sequins, White Wine paper, Wine Cork paper, Wine and Friends paper, Wine bottle, Wine glass, Wine canvas embellishment
E- Eyelet, Epiphany Crafts Punch and Enamel shape
R - Ranger Distress Stains, Ranger Distressed Inks, Reminisce -The Winery paper collection


Here is my inspiration layout for you!
This was a FUN TRIP to Myrtle Beach, SC with my hubby, son and my parents, the week between Christmas and New Years, at the end of 2015.

A new winery opened up and we enjoyed a tasting event.

It was the first time my youngest son was old enough to join the adults having a glass of wine!

Love this grouping of embellishments!

My Dad and my Mom, and my hubby and I.  I popped the 4 photo mat and made a pocket for a journaling tag behind the photos. Love the added textures of the fibers and the little "chit chat" word stickers worked perfectly. I love how they pop with the double matt behind them.

Here is the front of the tag.  I fussy cut the grapes and word wine, and outlined them in black to make them pop.

A little washi tape to bling up the back of the tag with the journaling. - Oops - I just realized, I wrote the wrong year - This was in 2015!!  I will have to go change that now! LOL!

I cut all of the leaves out with my circuit, then inked them with Ranger Distress Ink.  I curled them with my finger and popped them with 3D dots.  Love the enamel hexagon embellishment I made with my Epiphany Crafts punch. 

My handsome son!

I really Love how the leaves came out and this little canvas embellishment too!
Thanks so much for stopping by today!   I hope the sketch and my layout inspire you to play along!  Head on over to the Scrap Our Stash Blog for more inspiration from my fellow Design Team members and to check out the PRIZE and Challenge Details too!



I can't wait to see what YOU create!  ((HUGS)) ~ Sherri

Items used:
Simple Stories Generations Collection:
Live.Love.Laugh
Always & Forever
Flash Cards
Together

Tim Holtz Ideaology Chit Chat Stickers
Paperhouse Canvas Stickers
Ranger Distress Stains: Peeled Paint, Tarnished Brass, Fired Brick
Ranger Distress Ink: Peeled Paint, Peacock Feathers, Crushed Olive
NUVO -Indian Gold Mousse
Washi Tape 
Paper Fiber
Cardstock
Sequins
Wooden Hearts
Epiphany Crafts Punch and Enamel shape




Friday, April 7, 2017

Challenge YOUrself April Challenge "INSPIRE"

Hello my Scrappy Friends!!  Happy April!  I hope Spring had finally Sprung in your neck of the woods!  I know I am looking forward to warmer and sunnier weather!

It is time for this month's challenge over at the Challenge YOUrself Blog!  This month's theme is all about the word "INSPIRE" ( and a photo of you too of course!)  What inspires you? Or maybe, who do you, or how have you inspired someone?  

Check out all of the great "INSPIRATION" layouts from our AMAZING Design Team, and get all the details and prize info over at the Challenge YOUrself Blog!

Here is my layout for the challenge:
In case you didn't guess, my Mom INSPIRES me!  Her love of crafts, and her family always inspires me to explore my creative side.  We had such a great time at a paint night together.  I love how our paintings came out!
I used a new product from NUVO.  It is a mousse, or kind of like a paste that sets when dry.  I used it on the wooden title, and also dabbed it on the base page through a stencil - you can see a bit of it behind the flowers above.
You can see the gold a bit better in this photo.  I fussy cut all of the flower embellishments out of a 12 x 12 page from My Mind's Eye, then layered them and added some with 3D pop dots.
Another close up of the layers of flowers and some added bling.  I created a pocket behind my photo and tucked in a card for journaling.

Here is the journaling card - and yes, so blessed to have a Mom, who is also my best friend!

Another close up of the NUVO gold mousse - love this stuff!

I think I am going to have to purchase it in other colors too!!

Thanks so much for stopping by!!  I hope my layout will "INSPIRE" YOU to play along with us this month at the Challenge YOUrself Blog - Hop on over and check out all of the other beautiful INSPIRATION from the FANTASTIC Design Team there - and get all the details / contest rules / prize info, while you are there!   I can't wait to see what you CREATE!

((HUGS)) ~ Sherri

Items used:
Prima Mask
Nuvo Indian Gold Mousse
My Mind's Eye "Cut and Paste" Presh - 
               - Noted Detail
               - Good Times Treasures
               - Beautiful Delight
Ranger Distress Stains - Faded Jeans, Fired Brick, 
Wink of Stella - White, Pink, Blue
Sequins, Gems, Enamel Dots

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

SOS April Tic TacToe Challenge - "Together"

It is time for this month's Tic Tac Toe Challenge over at Scrap Our Stash!  Lots of FUN choices on the board this month!  Cant' wait to see what you will pick!
Altenew is generously offering a beautiful prize pack collection for our randomly drawn April winner.
Click HERE for more details on the prize.


This month, I started at the bottom left corner and traveled diagonally to the top right of the board.  I used:
The Color Yellow
Flowers
Chevron Paper


Here is my Layout for your Inspiration:
When looking through photos and selecting one for my layout, Minnie's yellow dress caught my eye, I thought it would be perfect for this challenge!  
Love this peony flower from Donna Downey - I've had it I'm my stash forever!  The flower stickers in this collection worked perfectly for the challenge!
Here is a close up of some yellow elements used,  and the chevron paper!

Love how this grouping came out!
Here we are with Minnie! She has her Panama outfit on - as were were sailing through the Panama Canal that day.  To cover up the blank space at the top of the photo - I added a piece of Washi Tape, the embellishments at the bottom of the photo help to cover up the blue carpet, that takes away from the photo.
I love that little polka dot flower embellishment from Queen and Co., and their brand new sweet Yellow, White and Red Pinwheels! I actually WON the entire Pinwheel collection on a Facebook Contest that Queen and Co recently had!!


Thanks for stopping by, I hope you will play along with us this month at Scrap Our Stash!

Items used:
Echo Park "Magical Adventures" Collection:
    12x12 Papers:  Multi Dots, Silly Stripes, 2x2 Journaling Cards
     Enamel Dots
Simple Stories Say Cheese II Collection
     Chipboard Frames
     Self Adhesive Brads
EK Success - Mickey Heads and Mickey Icon
Queen and Co. - Ice Accents "Candy Shapes"
                         - Pinwheels - Yellow, White and Red
Donna Downey Studio - Poppies and Peonies
Ranger Distress Ink: Black Soot, Fossilized Amber, Broken China, Candied Apple

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Guest Designer for April for ArchiScraps Blot - SEW FUN!

There is a FUN and Colorful Challenge Blog that I have been playing along with recently.  The Blog is called Archi-scraps, and they are located in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia . If you like a good challenge, you should check them out and play along too!

I'm SUPER EXCITED to have been selected to be their April Guest Designer and I'm thankful for the honor!! Their challenges are quite unique, and mainly consist of one word, and an inspiration photo.  This really leaves room for your own interpretation, and makes it all quite FUN!

The Challenge for April is to make a layout or card featuring sewing (hand or machine) and using the photo below for inspiration.
I used the colors GREEN and ORANGE as inspiration from the photo, and did all my sewing by hand.  
Here is my Layout:
As you can see in the journaling on the tag, hubby and I were on the Jungle Cruise, at Disneyland in these photos.  I hand stitched a design along the top and bottom of the layout, as well as added 2 lines of stitching and added some beads above and below the photos.  Lots of GREEN and ORANGE! I really wanted to give this layout a "JUNGLE" feel!
Here are some close ups for you!
Here is a close up of the stitching and I am loving that AWESOME title!  It is from a set of Dear Lizzy  - "Hello" Thickers

Here is a close up of the beading, and some of the embellishments near the top right of the layout.
Of course I had to add a not so hidden "hidden Mickey" on the layout - after all, we were in Disneyland!  Love that sweet little tag that I covered with 3 different washi tapes!


Here is a close up of all the layers, tearing and stitching.  I did use a plastic guide, and first punched the holes of the stitched design into the paper, and then got busy sewing!
Love the 3D pop moth embellishment, and another close up of the stitching.

Here you can see another close up of the beading along with a few stitches that I added to the burlap.  I fussy cut the leaves out of a scrap of patterned paper that I had and layered them with pop dots to give them dimension.

Thanks for stopping by!  Please take a peek over at the Archi-scraps Blog, and check out the full info on the challenge, along with lots more inspiration from the Design Team members there!

((HUGS)) ~ Sherri
Items used:
Dear Lizzy Thickers - "Hello"
BoBunny Zoology "Wild Thing"
BoBunny Kiwi Journal
Basic Grey - Curio / General Store
Cardstock
Pink Paislee - Butterfly Garden  - Clear Pops
Fabric Palette - Jute Burlap Toile
Jillybean Soup - Wood Sprinkles
Art-C Bead Mix - Natural
Gems, Washi Tape, Embroidery Thread