Fun at Fall Festival

A beautiful day and the kids had fun! Loved these photos my family sent, just perfect for this sketch.

I printed the two base photos so less showed on the outsides and would start with more of the kids. That way I wouldn’t have to hide too much of my beautiful babies. This is for a most delightful sketch at Sketches in Thyme challenge blog.

Here is the sketch.

Here is what I did with the sketch

I used a small leaf stamp on the base. Also stamped the larger leaves that I cut out for embellishment. Using a stamp platform I stamped with various colors of ink to make them look more like fall. I changed up the sketch idea a bit by layering a solid piece of patterned paper instead of just the stripes. I used a border punch on that piece, then added the 3 ribbons.

The tabs were punched and hand written, using some of the activities the kids enjoyed that day. There really wasn’t much in the way of journaling needed. The title was simple and cut with the Cricut Explore. I also added a few Nuvo Drops.

Hope you like this sketch and will try it out. I would enjoy seeing what you do with it!

Thanks for stopping in!


Screech Owl at the Zoo

Such a beautiful little bird!

One day as we visited the zoo we were fortunate to catch this precious fine feathered fluffy fellow out with a handler. Nice to have a closer view.

My layout was created using this sketch from Sketch-N-Scrap #173.

The foliage collection is a stamp by RG Avenue, the owl is by Rubbernecker. They are colored with pencils and fussy cut out by hand. I was also trying to get creative with the ribbons and hemp twine.

Do go check out this inspiring sketch blog, you are sure to love it! Hope you enjoy this little bird photo. Thanks for stopping in.

At One Year Random Pics

While looking to find 4 photos to work on a layout for a challenge, I decided on these 4 random shots taken in the month our little sweet boy was one year old. It was a scraplift of a scrapper from Splitcoaststampers.

Using this grid format and keeping the space clean and simple the randomness works for me. But then, looking at any photos of our little ones always makes me happy.

I used the computer for the title, sub title and the journaling strips. Once the title was printed I drew lines with a Micon pen and added a little marker for color. The “Apr 2017” are in a typewriter keys font and I pasted them on some white card stock before using a circle punch.

The globe is a Fun Stampers Journey stamp and I fussy cut it out, popped up the globe part and added a USA postage stamp recycled from the mail. The row of small flowers is made with a stamp from a Hampton Art set for G45. (One of my favorite sets that I use a stamp from often.) The strips on the sides are from an old Stampin’ Up! pack that I sponged Distress Black Soot on the edges.

I’m planning a busy month of scrapping. I want to make a major dent in all my prints from the last couple of years in preparation for a plethora of new photos from my daughter’s latest trip to visit our precious babies.

May your March be marvelous and filled with many blessings.

Footed Box with Tags – G45

A friend told me about a class she was signed up for with Annette Green to make a box with Graphic 45 Flutter pack. Sounded great!

The class was a week ago and it was thrilling to make!

So fun to play with all the pieces. We had instructions to follow and I only made one minor change – I did not put the image of the bee on one of the tags since my DD has a very real problem with such insects. We had drawings during the class and near the end my ticket was drawn to approach the table is choose from the prizes remaining. I picked the beach cards pack.

And here I am with our dear teacher, Annette, showing off my grand prize! Wow, so surprised and so happy – I love that pack “Botanical Tea”!

Shrimp with Feta Cheese

Who know how good this combination could be?

The other day on a What’s for Supper thread at A Cherry on Top, a recipe was posted. Two ingredients caught my eye. It stayed with me and I know I would have to try those two ingredients together. I did and even scrapbooked it.

I found some old stash and followed a sketch from Sketch N Scrap. I also took an ACOT challenge to use reds and pinks from my stash in their Use Your Stash Challenge.

This is Sketch #170 from February. I pretty much kept the design, just added my own elements to fit my desire. I stamped an image from Hampton Arts G45 named “Cafe Parisiane 2”. The work on my pocket is also from this set. My title and journaing were done on the computer and printed. I added a FSJ die cut underneath.

Shrimp with Feta

Thanks for stopping in, hope you check out these challenge inspirations. Happy crafting!

Hugs, JA

You’re Fabulous Greeting

Don’t you love when a project just comes together nice and easy?

Yesterday I decided to use it of pitch it – scraps of paper are taking over. I love pattern papers and I love all the colors I’ve collected. It’s so hard to throw away the pieces. But, alas, my bins are over stuffed and buying another bin is not the solution. So, I pulled out my scrap papers, picked a few stamp sets, and committed to making some greeting cards. My stash is getting low, well, maybe not! Now for inspiration I had this sketch in mind.

The patterned circle was in my “Circle” baggie. It made me happy with it’s cheery pattern. Finding this Fun Stampers Journey stamp – “Birdie Fest” worked. I stamped this happy bird with Rich Coral, fussy cut it out and used a pop dot over the circle die. how do you like what I did with the sentiment? It felt like a fun thing to do. And adding eyelets that I’ve had for many years was a plus for my stash reduction plan.

Do you ever use a color wheel? I was stuck with what color would look good for this bird stamp. Grabbing my very old Stampin’ Up color wheel I dialed in the color of the flower and it had green with it and this coral color was a close match. I like the combo. But, then, I really like colors that pop.

Hope you are having a colorful day! Thanks for popping in. Hugs, JA

From My View

Finishing this layout today made me happy. The weather is chilly and it has rained all day and is expected to again tomorrow. It is the kind of weather the doggies really hate. Even more than getting a bath.

So, this is for two challenges. I used a Sketch – N – Scrap sketch, #168.

My challenge from A Cherry on Top was to scrap photos that were taken from a different perspective. Here, we each snapped each other from different heights while at the zoo last March. The title was cut with Cricut Explore Air. Lots of rubber stamps here, some were in my baggie of already stamped, some cut, some I had to fussy cut. And, yes, I seem to still be in the gray and coral color pallet. Enjoy! Be safe! Get crafty!

Sketches of Her Day

Just an ordinary day in a mother’s routine, perhaps, but when I get glimpses of my precious loved ones, those moments shared with me are anything but ordinary. This little guy is always on the go, sometimes on his own but usually demanding mom’s attention, so when he finally settles for a nap, where ever he settles, it is a blessing.

My layout went live on the Sketches in Thyme blog today. Here is the sketch offered for your scrapping inspiration this week. Hope you can play along.

Sketch #358

Ribbon Close-up

This printed base paper is from the Photo Play “Paprika” collection, as are the word pieces. What fun I had putting together all the ribbons from my stash. Dug out a really old crimping tool to make the punched circle to hold the die cut piece over the bows.

Hope you found a bit of inspiration, and thanks for stopping by. Hugs and happiness to you today!