A Day of Fun

My challenge from “Lasting Memories Layout Challenge” #441 was titled No Housework Day. I grabbed these photos of my daughter and me at the zoo enjoying our day and taking a train ride.

The title and train image I made with Cricut Explore Air. Lots of stamping, die cutting and work to make the flowers. Also DD cut the insert under the photo of us with a Tim Holtz die in chipboard, then rubbed it with Distress paints and stains. Strips from a catalogue of Lionel trains were pasted down. The entire page got a good washing of paints, inks and stains some areas over stencils. Hemp twine and Nuvo Drops added to among the flowers with Stickles in the centers.

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Easter Card from Challenge Scraps

Finishing up the RTS Youtube challenge got me thinking about just what I could do with the left-over pieces and I knew I wanted to play with the Sketch N Scrap sketch.

I had fun with this. The particular Heartfelt Creations paper scraps I needed to work with seemed suitable for an Easter card. I’ve had this small cross stamp for years and it is just perfect for the center medallion. I used gold embossing powder for the cross and even edged the green scallop with it that I used for it’s base. Can you guess what the rosette is made with? I sliced strips and made the accordion folds myself. It was not easy for me to hold the folds together and plop the pasted punched circle of card stock on top to lock it down. I had sponged edges of the papers with Ranger Oxide Frayed Burlap so this color worked for me. The answer: unbleached coffee pot filter. The sentiment, from an old Stampin’ Up! set, is stamped on a Spellbinders die cut strip and popped up. No other embellishments since the features of the sketch were designed so well. I thought about adding sequins, which I almost always add to my projects, but took another look and decided they weren’t needed.

The Scripture readings at mass now are getting more sad, adding to a heavy heart as I think about the disbelief that plagued the people during that time leading up to the Crucifixion. They claimed to believe in God, the Father, but failed to recognize the Son of God standing in the flesh before them, perhaps because they were all about the material consequences for them if they had to change the order of their ‘religion’ and beliefs.

The end of our time of the Lent draws closer. And searching my pledge to study my faith more deeply and contemplate the Scriptures more often, have fallen short. Would I, too, have been one of those who rejected Jesus back then? I have a couple of centuries of knowledge at my fingertips, all the words spoken to the “Chosen People of God” and meticulously handed down over the ages, and I don’t always take seriously the teachings Jesus gave his disciples for us to follow.

Hopefully this card will reflect the happiness of the Resurrection we all will experience on Easter Sunday!

A Zoo Visit

This is one of my favorite stops at the zoo. This particular cat hasn’t been with them very long, but I remember the two cubs born here from a few years ago. This section of my zoo is getting a major renovation; can’t wait to see it finished.

For now I am sharing this page using the April Sketch N Scrap design #174.

The teal and lavender paper spoke to me because of the ‘spots’. I added some teal and turquoise solids. Added a border punch and washi. Using letter stamps I made the title.The accents were added and then a little journaling. Seems ‘done’ with the busy photos that are on the dark side and the busy paper. Need to let this beautiful wild animal be the spotlight.

My thought for you today: May our faith in the one God of all be strong enough so we follow His Holy Son, and all He has taught us, more closely.

Thanks for popping over. Hope you are in the mood to scrap this lovely sketch. Have a blessed day!

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.

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!