Saturday, November 29, 2014

DT Call over at The Memory Nest!

Hi Everyone -  I found another GREAT blog to follow!!

Please go check out all the great inspiration going on over at 

They are also having a DESIGN TEAM CALL - so I thought this would be another great way to share and inspire you to "Get Scrappy with it!"  I created a layout based on the challenge sketch provided.  Please CLICK HERE and kindly scroll down and CLICK on my sketch that is linked up if you like it! :-) 

You have until midnight on December 3rd to do so! 

Here is the sketch :

And here is my "take" on it!

I LOVED using my new Tim Holtz Film Strip Frames die!!

I used LOTS of papers and elements/embellishments from the Fancy Pants Designs "Memories Captured" line in this layout. 

The base is a piecs of their black corragated cardboard - that I inked with Brushed Pewter Distress Stain. Many of the elements were stickers that I matted on Bazzill Cardstock, and pop-dotted with 3D Foam squares - and HOW ABOUT that special CUSTOM die cut from my friend "Mama Doodle" from   

How  "#awesome" is that?!! :-)  LOVE IT!

Here is a close up ot some of the detail, including the Fancy Pants Designs "Oh Deer" Sequins, and 2 of my favorite Scrappy Friends - and yes, that is a #selfie! from one of our Weekend Crops!

Thanks for stopping by - and again, please take a minute to check out my entry over on The Memory Nest's 2015 Design Team Call post, and click on the photo of this layout on the bottom -the more clicks, the better chance I have of joining the team over there - so I can continue to share and hopefully inspire you!

Don't forget - the CALL Closes 
at Midnight on December 3rd!
Thanks again,

(Hugs) ~ Sherri

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Challenge YOUrself Sketch #12 & Scrap Our Stash

Hello Everyone!!  I am so excited!  While surfing the web, I found two great new Challenge Blogs!

The first one is called Challenge YOUrself!
It is not just a sketch blog, there are all different kinds of challenges, and each one requires a photo of YOU.  

I am sure many of you are like me, and are usually at the other end of the camera.  This Blog allows us to document OUR lives too, just like we document others in our lives. 
I may have to get a SELFIE STICK -  My friend Fran has one - I think I'll put it on my Christmas List! 

Well, this month is a SKETCH Challenge - YOU can see all the info, rules and prize pack HERE:
  Challenge YOUrself Challenge #12

Here is the SKETCH:
I also decided to combine this Sketch with a really FUN Challenge going on over at SCRAP OUR STASH !  You can get all the details HERE:  November Countdown Challenge - but basically, I had to use the following elements from "my stash" - and yes, 
I do have quite a "stash" if I say so myself!
( yes, and I'm sure you do too!)

5 ~ Patterned Papers
4 ~ Stickers or Cardstock Stickers
3 ~ Numbers
2 ~ Stamps or Rub ons
1 ~ Paint or mist

So - after the First REAL Challenge of selecting a photo of "ME" - I gathered all the required elements and 
"Got Scrappy with it!"
Here is my take on the Sketch.
I've included all of the elements(and then some!):

I can't tell you the last time I used my "Elixir's of Life" as I call them, or better known as Glimmer Mists!  And Stamping!!??  
Not one stamp, but I used 4 of them!!  
For those of you that know my "style" - 
the 5 patterned papers were pretty easy for me 
- because I love "mixing it up!" 

  I decided to pick up the yellow/gold color of my lanyard in the photo and on Mickey's shoes in the sticker 
and use it as an accent color. 

 I've had those big chipboard numbers "FOR-EV-ER!" so I thought they would make a great title.  I inked them with Salty Ocean Distress Stain, edged them with a black Sharpie Marker, then went over them with a Blue Wink of Stella Brush, 
to make them "sparkle!"

 All in all, I am happy with how this came out, 
I had LOTS OF FUN, and used up "some" of my stash too 
- especially by combining the 2 challenges!

HERE are the links to the challenges:
Scrap Our Stash Challenge #20 - Link up by Nov 29th
 Challenge YOUrself #12 - Link up by Dec 4th

Here are all of the elements I used:
(all of which were purchased at my Local Scrapbook Store
 ~ Scrap-a-Doodle Doo!)
Smooch Spritz: Sea Breeze / Navy Twinkle Paint
Tattered Angels Chalkboard Glimmer Mist: Teal High Heal
Jillibean Soup White Simple Circles
Prima Mask
Prima - Build a Swirl Stamp Stamp
Close to My Heart -Picture Perfect Stamps
Technique Tuesday -Smile Big Stamp
Tim Holtz- Grid Blocks
Ranger Distress Ink - Black Soot
Ranger Distress Stains: Salty Ocean/Black Soot/Barn Door
Wink of Stella Brush -Blue
Mami Stickers
Simple Stories - "Say Cheese" Fundamentals Cardstock Stickers, Seeing Stars, Best Day Ever
Splash of Color -Magic Cruise Collection: At Sea / Bon Voyage
For my 5th Paper, I used a scrap with printing to mat the photo
Chipboard Numbers from my stash 
Zap Dots 3-D 1/2" foam Dots
EK Success - Swirly Mickey Punch

You've still got lots of time to play along with either or both of them - There is that long Turkey Day weekend coming up remember -so if you don't eat too much Turkey, and end up sleeping the days away - why not play along too!

Challenge YOUrself to SCRAP YOUR STASH!

Thanks for stopping by!
Have a Blessed Thanksgiving!
((HUGS))~ Sherri

Monday, November 17, 2014

Crop Memories - Sketch #420 for SBC

I'm back at it - scrappin' my stash, and a photo from 2010 too!

Sketch #420 from the Scrapbook Challenges BLOG 
allowed me to do just that!

Here is the AWESOME Sketch -

Here is my take on it!  

This is a picture of me at Scrap-a-Doodle Doo's January 2010 Winter Wonderland Crop Weekend, holding the adorable themed cupcake dessert that was made by my talented friend / crop buddy Pattie! Isn't that snowman sweet!?  He was very yummy too!  I love my scrappy weekends with my friends. They are always filled with lots of creativity and lots of laughter!  

I was able to journal a little on the back of the tag that I tucked behind papers on the right side of the layout, (that has the date of the crop written on the front.) 
 I used paper that was given as the gift that weekend and I LOVED that I was able to use my custom made #scrapadoodledoo stamp on this layout too! (Of course, I can't find where I put the strip that was along the bottom with the name of the paper on it!  - Might any of my other cropping buddies out there still have it?  Can you let me know the name if you do??  THANKS!)

I was able to use lots of bling, brads, some washi tape, ribbon and buttons that I've had forever - even that piece of Red Punchinella too! The words on the left are from a Tim Holtz Idea-ology Chitchat Word sticker pad. The title was made with the #scrapadoodledoo stamp, and words that I cut out of the paper scraps.

Thanks for stopping by -I hope this sketch and layout inspire you and you get a chance to "get scrappy with it."  
Come on - give this sketch a try!

((HUGS)) ~ Sherri

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Falling into Fall - SBC November Mood Board + a Sketch Challenge

Fall is one of my favorite times of the year.  I am sure it has to do with all of the warm and wonderful colors, that change all around us each and every day.

This month's Mood Board Challenge over at Scrapbook Challenges Blog includes lots of those colors, plus some beautiful inspiration, with a little "Golden Goodness" thrown in. ( Who doesn't like a little BLING!?) 

I also decided to make this even more interesting by making this a DOUBLE Challenge for me, and will also be playing along with the folks at The Memory Nest, - using their Make it Monday Sketch Guide #28:

I've had these 2 photos of our now 3 year old Portuguese Water Dog, Maggie ( aka Reel Life Princess Magdalena of the Sea) since last November and thought that they would be great to use in this "combined" challenge.  Maggie had just been to the groomer for her new hair cut. This is called a "Lion Cut" with a shaved backside and nose.  These dogs have webbed feet and use to help fisherman with nets, retrieval and even messages from boat to boat back in Portugal. Leaving her hair longer around the chest helps to keep their vital organs warm, and their shaved hindquarters help with swimming. At one time, there were less than 100 of them left in the world.  They are very smart, hardworking (aka -always "busy") and extremely loving and loyal.  Isn't she a BEAUTY!

Once again, I was able to "Scrap My Stash" with LOTS of goodies that I've purchased from my Local Scrapbook Store, SCRAP-A-DOODLE DOO.   (MAJOR Website upgrade is in progress -watch for their "re-opening" soon!)

I LOVE this honeycomb base paper, and have been holding onto it for quite sometime.  I've hesitated using it in the past because I like it so much and didn't want it to be "gone." - Do any of you do that?  Like a paper so much that you don't want to use it?  Is that wrong??  ( I think not! ) That is why I always buy 2 pieces of papers that I LOVE - ( yea, yea - I've got 2 of about everything - fess up - you probably do too!!)

Well, I am glad I saved it, because it think it works great with this sketch and mood challenge!  I used Vintage Photo Distress Ink, applied with a foam applicator around the edges to give the base page a little depth. - I haven't done that in a while -and I had a blast!

Below you can see where I decided to make a pocket, using foam dots, behind the photo of Maggie's new hair cut and stuck a tag in there for journaling.  ( By the way, did you know that Portuguese Water Dogs have hair, not fur?  They are non-shedding, and need to be brushed, groomed / cut regularly, as their hair keeps growing!)

I cut the 2 little Tickets from a sheet of Prima paper with lots of little paper embellishments, that I think I got from my friend who was "de-stashing" - yea, I know - who does that???!!!  (NOT ME!)

Anyway....  I thought they were PERFECT, so I cut them out and popped them with foam dots near Maggie's pictures.  The tickets say "These are some of my most favorite memories with you" and "Best Friends Forever" ~ Because they are - and we will always be.... Love my Maggie Girl!

I used a piece of burlap along the bottom of the patterned papers (that were also Distressed with Vintage Photo Ink) under the photos, and then began to "build" my pile of leaves and sticks.

I have to tell you,  I LOVE this Tim Holtz Die  - Autumn Gatherings! When it came out, I had to have it!!  I think I've only gotten the chance to use it one other time, BUT after cutting 4 different colored papers with it for this layout, and then inking the leaves and sticks with different Distress Inks with a foam applicator, to try to make them look "real" (and I am lovin' how they came out!) I know I will be using it more often!

I added a few leaves and acorns by the tickets too, to join everything together, then scattered a few gold sequins around to "Bling it up" a little!  - If you have seen my previous layouts, you would know that I am not one for leaving very much blank space, so this sketch was really a challenge for me!

I knew my bright gold letters from Momenta would make a great "Fall" title, and had them in mind when planning out the layout in my head.  The little strips of journaling at the bottom were also cut and then inked, from the sheet that had the tickets on it.  I journaled on them with a gold pen "#morningswithmaggie" and "#loveher"

You can see more photos of Maggie on Instagram if you search those Hashtags.  Oh - and if you think Maggie is cute - you should see her little "brother" Tino too!  You can follow me on Instagram "Shercara" or search for #morningswithmaggieandtino to see more of their photos and even their antics on video too!

Thanks for stopping by!  Hope you join in on one of these challenges - or be daring and try them both too!!  ;-)

((HUGS)) ~ Sherri

Products used :
Momenta Gold letters
Tim Holtz Autumn Gatherings Die
Distress Inks - Colors: Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade, Vintage Photo, Crushed Olive, Aged Mahogany
Distress Stain - Tarnished Brass
My Mind's Eye - Lost and Found - "Oliver" Yellow Honey Paper
Prima Marketing - Songbird Collection from 2012 -"Title-it"
PinkPaislee - Prairie Hill - "Kit Strings"
PinkPaislee - Prairie Hill - "Spools"
Simple Stories, The Story of Us -SNAP Collection, Die Cut Cards Paper Yarn/Twine
3D Foam Dots

Monday, November 10, 2014

Summer Memories Sketch #419 Scrapbook Challenges Blog

It has been very chilly here in NJ, so it must mean winter is really on the way!  

I decided to ignore that fact for a little while longer and use some summer photos for my DT Layout for

First here is the VERY FUN Sketch #419

Why do I say it is "FUN" - well, if you don't know by now, I LOVE mixing up patterns and textures, and this sketch is perfect for it and allowed me to do it -in a very big way- as you can see in my layout below, using photos from our 2013 vacation to North Topsail Beach, NC

One of the things I love about doing sketches is that I try to use up the "STUFF" I have in my stash, and this sketch is FULL of all kinds of "STUFF!" 

I used paper, stickers and chipboard from the Creative Imaginations Tidepools Collection by Christine Adolph - that I bought at my Local Scrapbook Store  SCRAP-A-DOODLE DOO, (quite a few years ago I'm thinking!)  I added some netting, paper yarn for the banners, seashells and even some Beach Glass Mud Puddles under the shells on the bottom left of the page.

On this close up, you can also see how I decided to make my banners out of circles that I folded over, and stapled to some paper yarn, and created a sparkly layer behind the first layer of circles to make them "pop!"  ( I think they kind of make the banner look like mermaid scales -well sort of - kind of...??)

More sparkly fun was had with a little misting!  Notice the Trunk Bay Glimmer Mist that I sprayed on the manila title and the tag I used for journaling?  I also gave the base page a few sprays before adding the photos and embellishments too!

Oh, speaking of the tag, I actually created a "Pocket" for it, by leaving the top of the bottom left base patterned paper open, so I could slide the tag in it.  This is a cool way of hiding journaling in a layout.  It doesn't take away from the layout design, and hides your handwriting if you don't really like it. It also allows you to write on the front and back - so you can save your thoughts and memories of the time / photos used in your layout!

Thanks for stopping by!  Be sure to check out ALL the Design Team Submissions over at the SCRAPBOOK CHALLENGES BLOG, and I hope you will play along with us this month!

((HUGS)) ~ Sherri

Monday, November 3, 2014



What more do I have to say??? 

You either LOVE it - or you don't - 
and if you LOVE it - you'll get what I mean when I say


I - as you can tell, I LOVE IT!!

This is a layout I made from our visit to Old San Juan, Puerto Rico, this past September, at the end of our 14 night Disney Westbound TransAtlantic Cruise.  We spent 2 days there, and visited STARBUCKS on each one of them!
Good thing it was just around the corner from our hotel! :-)

I used the city map I had saved of Old San Juan, and have an arrow pointing to the location of the STARBUCKS!

The overlay, which includes the 2 green frames, the "famous" Logo, coffee beans and the shape of the cup, were made and purchased from Mary at

The cup was originally solid green like the rest of the overlay, but I "jazzed" it up a little with some white and black cardstock, along with the logo part of the cardboard cup wrapper, and one of the green sticks that keep your drink warm and from spilling, that I got from STARBUCKS!  I pop-dotted just the cup portion of the diecut too.

I accidentally printed 2 of the photos on the bottom left, so I fussy cut myself out of one of them, and then pop-dotted "me" on top of the photo in the mat.

Thanks for stopping by - I hope you get in some scrappy time this week!


Sunday, November 2, 2014

I haven't been everywhere but....

I've been to BARCELONA!! - Actually this was our 2nd trip to Barcelona, the first one was in 2007, and we really enjoyed it so much more this time!  We hope it is not our last trip there!

Most of the paper used was from Kaisercraft's Close Up! Collection - from my favorite Local Scrapbook Store Scrap-a-Doodle Doo in Ramsey, NJ  - or on line at

I made this layout at one of their AWESOME Scrapbook Weekend Crops, and was also able to use up lots of my "stash" too. 

I really liked this photo of my husband and I at Placa Catalunya during our stay in Barcelona before our TransAtlantic Disney Cruise in September of 2014, so I printed it with 4 different finishes, and cut the photos different sizes, then added them to the layout along with some black rub-ons too!

I find duplicating the same favorite photo in different ways helps to add to a layout, when you only have one photo of an event, or location.

I hope this little trick inspires you - Have fun creating!

Thanks for stopping by - say "Hello" if you'd like :-)


Formal Magic !

Formal Night on our Westbound Transatlantic Cruise on The Disney Magic this past September.  Our journey was 14 nights long, and took us from Barcelona, to Malaga, Spain, onto Tenerife in the Canary Islands, before crossing the Atlantic, and arriving at Antigua. St. Maarten, St Kitts, and finally ending up in San Juan.

We had a F A B U L O U S time, a G R E A T group of Tablemates, W O N D E R F U L weather, and a very smooth crossing.

There were 2 Formal Nights, and this layout captures one of them, along with M*I*C*K*E*Y  himself!

I tried to only use Black, Silver and Bright Green embellishments to compliment the "Formal" photo - and of course I had to add LOTS OF BLING! 

Thanks for stopping by - I hope this layout inspires you to make a little "MAGIC" of your own!

~ Sherri

Sometimes its not all about paper....

While I love scrapbooking, I also love to cook!  It is another way I can create and be inventive.  I love making up recipes that I "taste" in my mind before they become a reality, and I think that 98% of the time, my "concoctions" come out the way I planned them!

My oldest son eats a Vegan diet, and I try to cook something that both he, and the rest of the family will eat as often as I can.  When I saw this big box of Black Bean Pasta at Costco a few weeks ago, I thought it would be a great healthy way for all of us to enjoy pasta, and get lots of great protein and fiber while we were at it.

Well, black beans make me think Mexican, so I FIRST took a block of Extra Firm Tofu and pressed it in a colander between paper towels, and with a heavy pot on it to squeeze out much of the water.  I let it sit for @ 1 hr that way, then diced it up in @ 1/2" cubes.  I then blended the following spices:
1 Tablespoon Garlic Powder
1 Tablespoon Chili Powder
1 Teaspoon Cumin
1 Teaspoon Coriander
1/2 Teaspoon Cayenne Pepper
1 Tablespoon Smoked Paprika 
Salt and Black Pepper
I tossed the Tofu with the spice mixture then put it in the refrigerator for @ 2hrs.

When ready to prepare dinner - Add a little Olive Oil to a deep saute pan and add the Tofu.  Stir and cook until some of the sides are a little crispy - remove from pan and set aside.

To make the sauce - add a little more Olive Oil to the same pan with the left over seaonings and Saute the following:
1 Large Onion - finely chopped
1 Large Red Bell Pepper -1/2 finely chopped, 1/2 coarsely chopped
1 Med. size Jalapeno Pepper - NO SEEDS, finely chopped
3-4 Cloves of Garlic -finely chopped
2 Teaspoons Garlic Powder
2 Teaspoons Chili Powder
1/2 Teaspoon Cumin
1/2 Teaspoon Coriander
1 Teaspoon Smoked Paprika 
Salt and Black Pepper

Once they are translucent / soft, add:
1/4 Cup Balsamic Vinegar
(1) 14.5oz Can of Diced Tomatoes - not drained
(1) 11oz Can (drained) of Green Giant Mexican Corn (with peppers)

Let it all simmer on low to reduce some of the liquid - if needed -thicken with a little arrowroot or cornstarch.  Then add the Tofu that you set aside.

Now cook the Black Bean Pasta according to the directions - I used about 3 handfuls - ( it came in a big box with just one big bag -so I guessed how much for 4 servings - we ended up with enough for tomorrow night too!)
I only cooked it for 7 mins - then drained it and rinsed it with cold water.

I then added @ 3 Tablespoons of fresh chopped Cilantro to the sauce and tossed it all together in a big bowl - sprinkling a little more chopped Cilantro on top.
We all enjoyed it and are looking forward to leftovers tomorrow!

*Disclaimer - This Black Bean Pasta is NOT a substitute for regular pasta - if you try that, you will probably be disappointed. While it does not have a strong black bean flavor - does have a different texture than regular pasta.  I've done some research on Pinterest, and hope to try a version of shrimp scampi with it, and maybe a roasted butternut squash version too!  Stay tuned....  :-)

Thanks for stopping by, let me know if you try this -or if you have any other ideas!