Saturday, October 7, 2017

October Challenge YOUrself Blog #46 - FALL!

Hello there Scrappy Friends!  Fall is here Y'all!  and that is exactly what the Challenge YOUrself Blog's Challenge #46 is all about!  

Please use this "Mood Board" below to INSPIRE you to create a Layout - with a photo of YOU, and play along with us this month!

One of my favorite seasons is Fall, and one of my favorite things to do is to cook and host Thanksgiving for our family.  I chose a photo of our 2016 Thanksgiving celebration that I took with my "selfie stick" of course!  I hope I've inspired you to join us this month, over at the Challenge YOUrself Blog!

THIS IS US - after stuffing ourselves with traditional Thanksgiving fare.. it is time to play games!! 

Below are a few close ups for you:

I am LOVING how these leaves came out - I have had a 12x12 sheet of kraft die-cut leaves by Anna Griffin for YEARS!!  I cut a corner of it out and had a blast coloring them in with Ranger Distress Stains and my foam applicator! So much inky fun!
If you've been here before, you know I love to create a pocket behind my photos and slip a journaling card into it, with notes and memories of the day!

I hope you will join us over at the Challenge YOUrself Blog this month!  I can't wait to see what "MOOD" you will be in!

((HUGS)) ~ Sherri

Items Used:
Echo Park - Leaves ( base )
The Paper Company - Burnt Umber Corrugated paper
Magenta - Maruyama Tangerine Mesh
Simple Stories - "We are Family" -
   3x4 journaling card elements
   Expression Cardstock Stickers
   Fundamentals Cardstock Stickers
   2x2 and 6x8 Elements
Anna Griffin Kraft Die Cut Leaves
Ranger Distress Inks: Fired Brick, Broken Twig, Barn Door, Peeled Paint, Mustard Seed
Ranger Distress Stains: Fossilized Amber, Rusty Hinge, Fired Brick
Luminarte Radiant Rain - Nutmeg

Thursday, October 5, 2017

October SOS Tic Tac Toe - "Paint Night!"

It's October!! My favorite month!  I love the fall air, the leaves changing color, pumpkins, and Halloween.  It is the month of our Wedding Anniversary too - and this year we will be married 35 years!!  It is also time for the October Scrap Our Stash Tic Tac Toe Challenge, check out the board below.  All you have to do is pick 3 items from any row on the board - across, up and down, or diagonally. What will you chose?

You would think since October is my favorite month, that I would have picked Orange, Pumpkin  and Die Cut - but no, I did not.  I had a photo on my desk of my oldest son Nick and I, that I've been dying to get on a layout - so this month I chose to use:
Mini Alphas
American Crafts
Die Cut

Here is my layout -  "Paint Night!"
We had lots of fun! I knew I had to use that base page with the paint brushes on it for this layout!

I made the die-cut paint brushes with my Cricut - and then shaded them with Distress Stains and a fine point Sharpie marker - I love how they came out! 

Here are the Mini Alphas !

I LOVE these Bonjour Thickers from American Crafts and I think they are Perfect for this title and layout!!

Any day with my son Nick is a Happy Day - don't ya just love that  "Flair!" - Oh - and here you can see my journaling tag tucked behind the photo - in a pocket made with 3D Foam Tape.

Thanks so much for stopping by!  I hope you find the time to play along with us this month at the Scrap Our Stash Blog!
((HUGS)) ~ Sherri

Items Used:
Paper House - Create
Bella Blvd - Color Chaos - Orange Stripe
American Crafts Dear Lizzy Bonjour Thickers
American Crafts Shemelle Puffy Stickers
Me and My Big Ideas Mambi Chips
Fancy Pants - Joy Parade Flair
Jillibean Soup - Mini Alpha Blueberry
Dusty Attic Chipboard Words
Kaisercraft Brads
Bella Blvd Olive You Mix Hearts
Ranger Distress Inks - Carved Pumpkin, Blueprint Sketch, Peeled Paint, Carved Pumpkin, Black Soot, Fossilized Amber

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Lasting Memories LM#363 Guest Designer " CHEVRON " and Let's Get Sketchy !

Hi everyone! It is time for my last week (#5) as a Guest Designer for September Challenges over at the Lasting Memories Scrapbook Layout Challenge Blog!    As you know, this month is all about patterns, and this week, the LM#363 challenge is to use "CHEVRONS" somewhere on your layout - as many (or as little) as you would like - Just make sure there are CHEVRONS on it somewhere -  Check out all the details and rules over at the LM Blog!
Here is my inspiration layout for you!
This is a photo of my hubby, my oldest son, and I on a tour in St. Kitts.  It was a very hot day and we had a great time!  The photo was taken by friends from England that we met on our 2014 West Bound Transatlantic Cruise on the Disney Magic.  We are looking forward to sailing with them again in 2018 - this time on the Disney Wonder, and through the Panama Canal!!! 

I've also decided to enter this layout over at the Let's Get Sketchy Blog's September 1st Sketch Challenge

Here are some close ups for you:

LOVE this custom title from 

I had a blast playing along as a Guest Designer over at the Lasting Memories Blog this month and and thankful for the inspiration found there - and for getting 5 extra layouts done this month!!

I used lots of "stuff" from Simple Stories "Here We Go!"Collection, and had fun using Nuvo Crystal Drops for embellishments too!

Thanks for stopping by! 

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

September SOS Sketch plus "LEARN" Challenge - "Churros!"

It's time for the September SKETCH Challenge over at the Scrap Our Stash Blog!  Don't forget, our Sketch Challenges also include an added challenge to add items to your layout - that begin the the first letter of a word we give you.  This month's word is "LEARN"  

Here is the Sketch and below it is my DT Layout for your inspiration.  Also be sure to stop by the SCRAP OUR STASH Blog to see more layouts from our talented Design Team, along with Challenge Rules and PRIZE Info too!

For the "LEARN" part of the challenge I used:
L - Letters
E - Enamel Dots
A - Arrow
R - Ranger Distress Stains
N - Nuvo Crystal Drops

I selected a couple of photos of my hubby and me enjoying Churro's at Disneyland in May of 2016.  I had the Salted Caramel of course - Hubby has the Cinnamon and Sugar.
Here you can see the arrow - and the yellow Nuvo Crystal Dot along with Enamel Dots!
I cut out the LETTERS on my new Cricut!

I used LOTS of papers and embellishments from All # of the Simple Stories "SAY CHEESE" Collections - 1, 2 and 3 for this layout.  Thanks for stopping by - and I hope you will play along with us at the Scrap Our Stash Blog!

((HUGS)) ~ Sherri

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Lasting Memories #362 Guest Designer "Plaids" and "Stuck?! Sketches" September Challenge

Hi Everyone! This weeks "Pattern" challenge #362 over at the Lasting Memories Challenge Blog is to use "PLAIDS" on your layout.   After digging through my paper "stash"  I pulled out some of the different plaid papers that I could find, and I also decided to use this awesome September 1st SKETCH from over at the "Stuck?! Sketches" Blog for inspiration for my layout.  I am linking it to their challenge too!
If you've been stopping by my blog this month - this is the 4th Guest Designer Layout I've completed for the Lasting Memories blog, and I have to say, it has been lots of FUN!  
I've had this really cool "Starbucks" Washi tape that I ordered on-line from the Washi Kingdom website, and thought it would work great with the plaids I found, and the "Starbucks Selfie" photo that I wanted to use!   I hope my layout inspires you to play along!
I love the travel mug I am holding in this photo, and I created a journaling tag out of a used Starbucks Gift Card, where I journaled why it is one of my favorites, by gluing a piece of white cardstock to the back of it.  I created a "pocket" behind the photo with 3M 3-D foam tape, so I could slip the journaling card in there. 
I punched a hole on the side so I could add some paper yarn as a pull.  I created a "pocket" behind the photo with 3M 3-D foam tape, so I could slip the journaling card in there.  

Of course I had to add some more Starbucks Washi Tape to the top of my journaling card too!!
I used a cardboard coffee cup sleeve that I had in my stash as an embellishment too - and I love these little plastic Starbucks embellishments I picked up at a Scrapbook Expo Show last year! You can also see a close up of the super cool washi tapes here too!!

I used Tonic Studio's Nuvo Mousse - in Citrus Green both around the edges of the dark green base page - and also used it in a Tim Holtz stencil too.  I LOVE the shimmer and dimension!  Oh and that little iPhone brad and the Selfie circle brad at the bottom of the photo are so much fun too!

Thanks for stopping by!  
I hope you play along with us at the Lasting Memories Scrapbook Challenge blog too!
((HUGS)) ~ Sherri

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Lasting Memories Guest Designer " Florals " LM# 361

Hi everyone! It is time for week # 3 as a Guest Designer for September Challenges over at the Lasting Memories Scrapbook Layout Challenge Blog!  As you know, this month is all about patterns, and this week, the LM#361 challenge is to use "FLORALS" somewhere on your layout - as many (or as little) as you would like - Just make sure there are FLORALS on it somewhere -  Check out all the details and rules over at the LM Blog!

Here is my inspiration layout for you!
This is a photo of my mom and me at our niece's bridal shower.  I love this "So Fancy" collection from Simple Stories!  

I used a bunch of floral patterned paper and stickers from this collection! One of my favorite things to do is to create a pocket behind one of the photos on my layout, using 3D foam tape.  I use it to slip in a card for journaling.

Here is the front of the journaling card

and here is the back!

I love how Simple Stories coordinates everything!
Thanks for stopping by!  
I hope you will play along with us on this FUN LM#361 Challenge!
Items used:
Simple Stories "So Fancy" Collection - 
4x6 Horizontal Journaling
Too Cute
Cardstock Stickers
Enamel Dots
Washi Paper Tape
Bits and Pieces
Photo Stickers

Dusty Attic Chipboard, Ranger Distress Stains in - Picked Raspberries, Fossilized Amber, Picket Fence, Peacock Feathers

Thursday, September 7, 2017

September Challenge YOUrself #45 Sketch Fun!

I love a good sketch, and the on we are using over at the Challenge YOUrself Blog for our September Challenge was lots of FUN!  Just use the Sketch below - and be sure to include YOU in one of the photos to play along with us this month!

I used Simple Stories "I AM" Collection - one of my favorites, 
for my take on the sketch!!
This is a photo of my wonderful brother and me, celebrating at my Birthday dinner, at a nearby restaurant.  Now that we, and our children are older -  our family has started a wonderful tradition. We, my parents, my brother and his family, my hubby, and our sons and I, go out to dinner together to celebrate our birthdays.  The birthday person gets to pick the restaurant, and they get their meal free, and usually we give each other a small gift.
It is always a FUN time!

Here are a few close ups:

Love this little pocket for a cute place to hold a journaling card!

Thanks for stopping by!  I hope this sketch and my layout inspire you to play along with us this month at the
((HUGS)) ~ Sherri

Here are the items used:

Simple Stories - "I AM" Collection:
I AM Basics - Dreaming
4x6 Horizontal Journaling Cards
2x12, 4x12, 6x12 Elements
Photo Stickers
Creative Chipboard Stickers
Expression and Fundamentals Cardstock Stickers
Decorative Clips, Enamel Dots, Sentiment Stickers, Interactive Elements, Frames, Bradz, Bits and Pieces
Ranger Distress Stains - Abandoned Coral, Fossilized Amber, Peacock Feathers
Queen and Company - Pinwheels in Green, Orange and Yellow
Freckled Fawn Puffy Camera Stickers 

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

September SOS - Tic Tac Toe - "Congrats Grad!"

Happy September Everyone!  Can you believe summer is over?!!!  I hope you were able to enjoy some summer fun!  It is time for Scrap Our Stash's September Tic Tac Toe Challenge - Just pick a line in the board below - search your stash and create a layout using those 3 items!  The possibilities are endless!  Give it a try!

Here is this month's Challenge Board -  I decided to use:

Arrow, Ruler, Dictionary Paper

I created a layout using 3 photos from my oldest son's college graduation from Franklin Pierce University.   I love these photos, and especially enjoy seeing his happy smile.  It was a beautiful day, and a wonderful experience.  We are so very proud of him and his accomplishments!

I love this "Market Street - Nob Hill" Collection from My Mind's Eye - I thought it worked perfectly for this layout.

Here are some close ups for you!
I had some antiqued vellum dictionary paper in my stash that worked perfectly for this layout!

I've had this ruler ribbon by Tim Holtz in my stash forever!

Thanks for stopping by!  I hope this Tic Tac Toe Board and my layout inspires you to play along with us this month at Scrap Our Stash!
((HUGS)) ~ Sherri

Items Used:
My Mind's Eye - Market Street Nob Hill Collection:
Sparkle, Streamer, Stripes, Stache, Starburst, Framed
Bits and Pieces
Flair Pins

Gold Sequins, Green Gems, Gold Arrow
Tim Holtz Ruler Ribbon
Dear Lizzy "Royal" Thickers"
Ranger Distress Stains - Fossilized Amber, Mowed Lawn, Tarnished Brass, Abandoned Coral, Black Soot