Friday, December 19, 2014

Looks like 2015 is turning into a "Scrappy" kind of year!

Hello my Scrappy Friends!    
Big Scrappy "Good Stuff" going on here lately!

If you didn't catch it on my previous posting
I was selected to be on the 2015 Design Team
over at the Challenge YOUrself Blog!

AND - Now I am EXCITED to announce that I was also selected to be on the Design Team 
at THE MEMORY NEST's  Blog too!  

This is another FUN and EXCITING BLOG, and I can't wait to "play around" with these very talented ladies in 2015! 

There is always LOTS of Crafty Goodness going on over there - Please stop by and check it out and I hope you will all be playing along with me at The Memory Nest too - in 2015 -
because who doesn't love a good Scrappy Challenge or two?!!   

Wishing you and yours a very Happy Holiday 
and a very Merry Christmas  
with a 2015 filled with ONLY GOOD things.
I am hoping some of those will be Happy Scrappy ones too!

((HUGS)) ~ Sherri

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

2 Page "INSTA-CHRISTMAS" Layout Class - Jan 16th at THE DOO!!

Announcing My Next Class at "THE DOO!"

I am so happy to tell you that after a brief "Hiatus" where "Real Life" got in the way of "Scrap Life!" -  I am BACK to teaching Classes at my FAVORITE Local Scrapbook Store 
- aka -"My Happy Place!"

SO - Please SAVE THE DATE!  
Friday Night, January 16th at 6:30 -9pm at
37-C Swan Street 
Ramsey, NJ 
Please Call: 201-818-7060 to reserve your seat/kit
CLASS COST: $25.00 per person

Here are a few details and some SNEAK PEEKS of 
the Class which I am calling:


This 2 page 12 x 12 Layout Features Mats/Places for 
(5)  4x4" photos - Perfect for those SQUARE Instagram Photos you are taking and "storing" in your phone!! And don't worry, if you are not on Instagram, you can trim your 4X6 Photos to fit the mats :-)

It also has a semi-hidden Pocket with a Tag for  journaling -and you could also add some extra/loose photos in there too!  

We will be mixing up LOTS of different patterns, as well as using Washi Tape, Sequins, Gold Snowflakes 
and Creating banners, 
with Paper Twine, "Postage Stamps," 
and making a few Christmas Trees too!

So here are the Sneaks I promised you!:

Seating will be LIMITED 
- and a FEW Kits will be available too!

Students should bring the following to Class 
-to complete the layout:
12x12 paper trimmer
Small Sharp Scissors
1/2" thick 3D Foam Dots - various sizes
3M Quick DryLiquid Glue and Adhesive Tape Runner
Small Zot Dots ( for Sequins )
Ranger Distress Stain - Tarnished Brass 
(or any brown will work too but the gold looks great!)
** All items are available or can be "pre-ordered" 
from Scrap-a-Doodle Doo.

I hope you can make it - 
Please CALL THE STORE 201-818-7060 
to reserve your seat/kit - ASAP!

Thanks for stopping by!

((HUGS)) ~ Sherri

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Challenge YOUrself #13: Traditions & SBC #422

Hello Everyone!

I'm so excited to be posting my First Design Team layout for the 
Challenge YOUrself Blog!

This month's Challenge is all about Traditions - here is how it goes:
What are some of your traditions for the upcoming holiday season?  
Do you have an old tradition that you continued from childhood
or did you start your own? 
Tell us about it and be sure to include a photo with YOU in it 
when you play along!  
This "TRADITION" Challenge will close on January 4th, 2015.  


My favorite Holiday is Thanksgiving.  I LOVE to cook, I LOVE making people happy with food that I prepare, I LOVE that we spend the day together as a family, laughing, eating, playing board games and watching football!

I LOVE that it is a time to reflect on our many blessings, and remember family members who are no longer with us, and who have graced our Thanksgiving Tables throughout the years.

One of those people was my Great Great Aunt Ethel.  It is in her house where I remember my first Thanksgivings.  It is in her house where we now live and have raised our family, 
and where I now host our Family Thanksgivings.
Aunt Ethel's Thanksgiving Table was always FULL of delicious food, and our table still includes her stuffing recipe!

Her cut glass pitcher was handed down to me, and quite a few years ago, I started the TRADITION of making Bloody Mary's in it. We enjoy them while we are gathered together, and waiting for the Turkey to finish cooking, and while my Dad carves the bird.  It sits on a shelf in my kitchen throughout the year, and is only used for Thanksgiving Bloody Marys.

I LOVE using these fall colors, and really had fun using my Cuttlebug and Tim Holtz Dies to make all of the leaves for my "piles!"  I used Distress Inks and a foam applicator on all of the edges of the leaves and papers.  I had a blast making the leaves change colors right before my eyes!

***I Double Dipped this one too!***
This layout was ALSO used as inspiration over at The Scrapbook Challenge Blog, where I am also part of their Design Team!  
I love participating in and challenging myself to incorporate 
2 challenges in 1 layout! 
You should try it sometime! It is LOADS of FUN!!

Here is SKETCH #422 from over at The Scrapbook Challenges Blog that I used for this layout:
This SKETCH challenge is Open until December 31st - so please play along!

Here are some close ups of the Layout with some more details:
I decided to make a pocket behind the photos, so after matting them, I added them to to page using 3D Foam ZAP DOTS, so that I could journal on the tag, and tuck it behind the photo, telling the store of the pitcher.  I added a few acorns and leaves to the top of the tag too.

 I really am in love with the piles of leaves I was able to create.  Inking them with distress stain and watching them change color and come to life was so much fun.    I also sprayed the leaves, with Butternut Squash Glimmer Mist, to give them a little shine! You can see the chipboard Chicken-wire from The Dusty Attic that I placed under the photo mat, in this picture.  I first hit it with Versamark, then sprinkled a few different colors of Distress embossing powder on it - then hit it with the heat gun.  I also embossed the chipboard heart in the upper right corner with Distress Embossing Powders too!

Here are the items used in this layout:
(all purchased at my Local and Online Scrapbook Store

  Bazzill Cardstock - Capers, and scraps of yellow, orange, kraft and burgundy cardstock to make the leaves
Simple Stories -Generations Collection: 
Together, Home Sweet Home, Live Love Laugh
Tim Holtz Dies: Tattered Leaves, and Tattered Gatherings
Ranger Distress Stain : Tarnished Brass 
Dusty Attic Chicken-Wire Panel #DA0177
Ranger Distress Embossing Powder: Fired Brick, Tea Dye, Antique Linen, Spiced Marmalade, Goddess Gold
Ranger Distress Inks: Aged Mahogany, Gathered Twigs, Mustard Seed, Wild Honey, Spiced Marmalade, Barn Door, Ripe Persimmon, Rusty Hinge, Crushed Olive, Vintage Photo.
Fisker's Punch # 51791
Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist: Butternut Squash
3 D Foam Dots
Thickers - Sunset Gold
Letter Stickers
Dew Drops

If you've stuck with me and made it to the end of this post - 
I THANK YOU - and invite YOU to play along with one or both of these challenges!  You can find them here:

I can't wait to see what you create!
((HUGS)) ~ Sherri

Monday, December 1, 2014

WOO HOO! My Layout made TOP 3 at SOS!

Hello my Scrappy Friends!

I just wanted to share some exciting news with you!

My Layout made it into the

Below is the layout that I submitted for the challenge.

I used LOTS of STUFF from my STASH! 
( 99% purchased at my LSS Scrap-a-Doodle Doo )   
AND - I had a BLAST doing it!!

This challenge made me pull out my Glimmer Mists and Stamps -  that I haven't used in MONTHS! And that MICKEY Sticker is from our 2011 Trip to Disney World!! 

I hope you visit the Scrap Our Stash Blog, become a follower and play along - LOTS of FUN and INSPIRATION going on over there!  Hope to see you there! :-)

Thanks for stopping by!
((HUGS)) ~ Sherri