Monday, June 19, 2017

SOS June Sketch + SUMMER "Bon Voyage!"

Hi Scrappy friends!  Summer is finally here in New Jersey - we've had such cold and rainy weather these last few weeks, but now we are finally being treated to some sunshine and warm temperatures - just as June should be!!  I hope it is sunny in "your neck of the woods" too!

I can't wait to share the June Sketch Plus Word Challenge from SCRAP OUR STASH with you! This month's "WORD" is "SUMMER" - besides using the sketch below for your inspiration - you must use something from your "STASH" that starts with each of the letters in the word SUMMER!

Here are the items I used:
S- Simple Stories Say Cheese Epoxy Metal Clips, Silver Anchor, Stickers
U- Uniball Pen - handwriting in the Title
M - Mickey Mouse, Metal Brads, 
M - My Mind's Eye "Bye the Sea" ( Open Seas and All Aboard)
E - Echo Park Enamel Dots
R - Ranger Distress Stains
I had so much fun using this sketch to document one of our "bucket list" vacations. I used photos of my husband and I sailing away from Miami, at the start of our 14 night Disney Wonder Westbound Panama Canal Cruise, in May of 2016. 

Here is my DT Inspiration layout for you!
We were so happy to be on board - as there were some issues a few days prior to sailing.  It seems that the cruise prior to ours had an outbreak of the Norovirus - and the CDC had to get involved!!  We were unsure if our cruise would leave the day it was scheduled to depart - and we were on pins and needles until we got the news that it would!  (Although we did leave about 4 hours later than scheduled!)

Here are some close ups for you:

I had these cool shirts made that listed all of our ports of call on the back. The WBPC stands for WestBound Panama Canal - and the 16 is the year we sailed through!
The front of the shirts had cruise ports and cruise words listed in the shape of a Mickey head.

Thanks for stopping by!  I hope I've inspired you to use some of your STASH and join us this month at the Scrap Our Stash Blog!!

((HUGS)) ~ Sherri

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

JUNE Challenge YOUrself Blog #42 - "Starry Starry Night"

Hello everyone! It is time for another Super Awesome Challenge from our friends at the Challenge YOUrself Blog!  There are so many ways you can use this work of art prompt to inspire YOU!  Just be sure to use a photo of YOU in the layout!  I can't wait to see what you will come up with!!

Here is your inspiration for JUNE:
I see so many "things' in this artwork - buildings, city, vacation, water, blue skies, I wonder what will inspire you??

For my layout - I chose to use a selfie that I took of myself and then applied a filter to, from an App on my phone. It was taken at night, and the inspiration photo reminds me of a scene at night.  I decided to also go with the 3 color scheme, selecting Black, White and Gold.  See - it is all about how YOU are inspired!

Here are some close ups for you!
So, I got a new Cricut Explore Air 2 machine recently and my first project was to create this title!  I love how it came out!!  

I used a stencil and some Tonic Studio's Nuvo Mousse to create these awesome 3D stars!!  LOVE how they came out!! So much fun!!

I've had this Tim Holtz Film Strip for quite some time - so happy I got to use it for this layout!
While you can't see any stars in this photo - it was certainly a "Starry Starry Night!"

LOVE these Tim Holtz "Small Talk" stickers - they may be "small talk" but they sure carry some BIG messages of Inspiration!

Thanks so much for stopping by!  I really hope I have helped to inspire you to play along with us this month at the Challenge YOUrself Blog!  Come on - Get Scrappy With It!!
((HUGS)) ~ Sherri

Items used:
Bella Blvd "Just add color" - Daily Details, Passcode
My Mind's Eye - Yes Please Stickers and Chipboard
Webster's Pages - All That Glitters "Shimmer"
Ranger Distress Stains: Tarnished Brass, Black Soot
Tonic Studio's Nuvo Mousse - Indian Gold
Crafters Workshop - 6x6 Template "Punchinella"
Tim Holtz Ideaology "Small Talk" stickers and Film Strip Ribbon
Washi Tape
Wink of Stella
Queen and Company Nightfall Rhinestones
Prima Say it with Crystals

Monday, June 5, 2017

SOS June Tic Tac Toe - "Love My Sons!"

It's time for June's Tic Tac Toe Challenge over at the Scrap Our Stash Blog friends!  Can you believe we are halfway through 2017!!  I hope you can take some time for yourself this month and play along with us on this SUPER FUN Challenge from Scrap Our Stash!

Here is the board - just pick three items in a row to use on your layout from your Stash - and get scrappy with it!!

Here is my inspiration layout for you -  Title: "Love My Sons!"

This is a photo of my sons and me, at a family party. I used:
the top row - the COLOR RED, BUTTONS, and RIBBON for the challenge.

Here are some close ups for you:

I fussy cut some of the flowers and pop-dotted them around the photo.  PS - I LOVE these 2 guys too!!

I used Evergreen Bough and Picket Fence Ranger Distress Stain on the chipboard element. 

 Above and below are close ups of the texture that I added to the layout.  I used light modeling paste and a stencil to create the design.  I then dabbed a baby wipe in the Evergreen Bough Distress Stain and tapped it on top of the wet modeling paste to create 2 the tone look you see.  I LOVE how it came out - and will have to try it again on other layouts! 

Thanks so much for stopping by.   I hope I have inspired you to PLAY ALONG with us at the Scrap Our Stash Blog this month!!  I can't wait to see what row you choose!!

((HUGS)) ~ Sherri

Items used:
Echo Park "This and That" Collection by Lori Whitlock:
12x12 papers - Flower Vine, Border Stripes, Flower Box
Ranger Distress Stains: Evergreen Bough, Fired Brick, Picket Fence, Twisted Citron
Heidi Swapp - Alpha Stickers
Dusty Attic - Marrakesh Trellis - small - Chipboard
We R Memory Keepers "Anthologie" Crochet Lace Ribbon
Liquitex Light Modeling Paste
My Mind's Eye Cut and Paste Decorative Brads

Friday, May 19, 2017

Scrap Our Stash May Sketch + "MOTHER"

It is time for the May Sketch + "WORD" Challenge over at the Scrap Our Stash Blog!

This month's added word challenge is "MOTHER" - Use an item(s) from your STASH that starts with each of the letters in the word "MOTHER." A perfect challenge for MAY!!

Here is the sketch:

Bellow is my Design Team Layout for your inspiration, for this month's AWESOME challenge:

I decided to create a layout that also included an old photo of my beautiful Mom, handsome Dad, and me as a baby too!  I am so lucky to have such wonderful parents!

Here is what I used from my "STASH" for the Word Challenge:
M- Mousse (Nuvo -Indian Gold)
O- Oval Fussy Cut Embellishment, and Oval Family sticker
T- Tag, Twine
H- Heart, Hanger
E-  Echo Park Paper, Embellishments, 
R- Ranger Distress Stains and Inks

I used the Nuvo Mousse and applied it with a palette knife through a stencil - here is a close up photo of the the base before I added anything to it - it was so much fun!!

And here are a few close ups of my layout for you too!

Thanks for stopping by!  I hope I've inspired you to create and play along with us this month at the SCRAP OUR STASH Blog!

((HUGS)) ~ Sherri

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Challenge YOUrself #41 - May Mood Board

Hi Scrappy Friends!  Who doesn't love a MOOD BOARD for inspiration for your creation??
This month, over at the Challenge YOUrself Blog - we have a Beautiful one!

Use all or just some of the lovely goodness below to inspire you to create your layout - Just remember - YOU have to be in one of the photos you use.  Full Details and Info can be found on The Challenge YOUrself Blog - I hope you will play along with us this month!

Here you go:

And here is my layout:
I used this photo in 2 different sized for my layout.  This is my hubby, oldest son and I swimming with the stingrays, in Antigua, on our 2014 Disney Magic Trans Atlantic Cruise.  What an Awesome Day - and an Amazing Adventure!!  Antigua was our first port of call, after crossing the Atlantic Ocean and being at sea for 5 days!!  We were so lucky that the ocean was a calm then, as it appears in these photos!

Here are some close ups for you:

I hope you find inspiration in the board, and my layout - stop by the Challenge YOUrself Blog for contest, prize details and more inspiration from our talented DT!  

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

Items Used:
American Crafts - Imaginesce - Perfect Vacation - Say Cheese
Bo Bunny Key Lime / Key Lime Notes
KaiserCraft Brads
Pebbles Enamel Dots
Creative Imaginations - Christine Adolph - Chipboard
Jillibean Soup - Bits of Blog
Ranger Distress Stains - Peacock Feathers, Fossilized Amber, Twisted Citron
Royal Coat Dimensional Magic
Wink of Stella Clear Brush
Epiphany Crafts Punch and Acrylic Circle
Custom "Antigua" Title from Scrap-a-Doodle Doo

Friday, May 5, 2017

SOS May Tic Tac Toe Challenge - Life is too Short!

Hello and Happy May everyone!! 

I hope everyone had a great April!
My month was a bit busy, as my husband had a total knee replacement on the 4th, and was in the hospital and the rehab facility for the first 2 weeks.  He is on the slow road to recovery, and doing well.  I don't know how I found the chance to scrap - but I am so happy that I did!

Well, since it is May, that means that it is time for another FUN layout challenge over at the Scrap Our Stash Blog!  I really love these Tic Tac Toe Challenges as they help me to look through and find items in my "Stash" that I purchased because I loved them, and then somehow they got put away and forgotten about, ( or buried under something, most likely!)

Here is this month's Tic Tac Toe Board:

I decided to use the "Here We Go Collection" from Simple Stories for my layout, which captures a memory of our Disney Wonder Panama Canal Cruise, and our fun day on a 
Dune Buggy Tour in Cozumel, Mexico! 

Here is my "Life is too Short" layout:
I chose to go straight across the middle and used:
The Color Yellow
Paper Clip 

Here are a few close ups:

Thanks for stopping by - I hope I have inspired you to play along with us at the
Scrap Our Stash Blog!

((HUGS)) ~ Sherri

Items used:
Simple Stories "Here We Go!" Collection:
Green/Teal Map
2x12, 4x12, 6x12 Page Elements
4x6 Journaling Cards
Boarding Pass
Happy Place
Bradz, Enamel Dots, Bits and Pieces, Chipboard Stickers
Fundamental Cardstock Stickers
Expressions Cardstock Stickers
My Mind's Eye - Cut and Paste Bits and Pieces
Ranger Distress Stains - Twisted Citron, Carved Pumpkin, Peacock Feathers, Fossilized Amber.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Scrap Our Stash Sketch +Flowers - Our "Fun Trip"

It is time for April's sketch at Scrap Our Stash!  This month's "word" is FLOWER, so in addition to the sketch, you must include an item that starts with the first letter of that word, in your layout submission.

Here is the sketch - I think it is a perfect one for those Instagram photos!
I used the following items from my stash, to fulfill the "FLOWER" Challenge:

F - Fibers, Flash Cards paper, Fired Brick Stain
L - Lined paper, Live.Love.Laugh paper, leaves
O - Ochre (color,) Oasis Stickers ( title )
W - Washi Tape, Wooden Hearts, We R Memory Keepers - Gold Sequins, White Wine paper, Wine Cork paper, Wine and Friends paper, Wine bottle, Wine glass, Wine canvas embellishment
E- Eyelet, Epiphany Crafts Punch and Enamel shape
R - Ranger Distress Stains, Ranger Distressed Inks, Reminisce -The Winery paper collection

Here is my inspiration layout for you!
This was a FUN TRIP to Myrtle Beach, SC with my hubby, son and my parents, the week between Christmas and New Years, at the end of 2015.

A new winery opened up and we enjoyed a tasting event.

It was the first time my youngest son was old enough to join the adults having a glass of wine!

Love this grouping of embellishments!

My Dad and my Mom, and my hubby and I.  I popped the 4 photo mat and made a pocket for a journaling tag behind the photos. Love the added textures of the fibers and the little "chit chat" word stickers worked perfectly. I love how they pop with the double matt behind them.

Here is the front of the tag.  I fussy cut the grapes and word wine, and outlined them in black to make them pop.

A little washi tape to bling up the back of the tag with the journaling. - Oops - I just realized, I wrote the wrong year - This was in 2015!!  I will have to go change that now! LOL!

I cut all of the leaves out with my circuit, then inked them with Ranger Distress Ink.  I curled them with my finger and popped them with 3D dots.  Love the enamel hexagon embellishment I made with my Epiphany Crafts punch. 

My handsome son!

I really Love how the leaves came out and this little canvas embellishment too!
Thanks so much for stopping by today!   I hope the sketch and my layout inspire you to play along!  Head on over to the Scrap Our Stash Blog for more inspiration from my fellow Design Team members and to check out the PRIZE and Challenge Details too!

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

Items used:
Simple Stories Generations Collection:
Always & Forever
Flash Cards

Tim Holtz Ideaology Chit Chat Stickers
Paperhouse Canvas Stickers
Ranger Distress Stains: Peeled Paint, Tarnished Brass, Fired Brick
Ranger Distress Ink: Peeled Paint, Peacock Feathers, Crushed Olive
NUVO -Indian Gold Mousse
Washi Tape 
Paper Fiber
Wooden Hearts
Epiphany Crafts Punch and Enamel shape