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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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

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!

New Hair Style for Kris

Angelo is an amazing artist! Kris managed to get accepted by him through her friend, Sue. He has even changed how I look, and consequently, how I feel about myself! Here is my double page layout using the photos from my dear daughter’s last visit. She spotted a style in a magazine and, like magic, Angelo made it happen for her.

I used a PageMaps sketch from 2014. It was the challenge sketch on ACOT this month. I used my new pack from ACOT. It is the Magnolia collection from Fancy Pants. I did 3 distressing techniques: sanded the photo edges, inks some of the papers, and ran a distressing tool over the floral circle.

I made my own paper for the banner die cuts. Using a stamp from Altenew, Frosted Garden, I stamped a gray print from another Fancy Pants pad with Versamark and heat embossed with white powder. Some tied bits of floss to the banners and Nuvo Drops and I was done. This went together quickly since I also used elements from the cut out pack with the collection.

Just doing the layouts is working for me – not fretting over every single tiny choice.

Thanks for stopping by, hope you are creating today! Blessings and joy to you. Hugs, Joyce Ann