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

Friday, April 7, 2017

Challenge YOUrself April Challenge "INSPIRE"

Hello my Scrappy Friends!!  Happy April!  I hope Spring had finally Sprung in your neck of the woods!  I know I am looking forward to warmer and sunnier weather!

It is time for this month's challenge over at the Challenge YOUrself Blog!  This month's theme is all about the word "INSPIRE" ( and a photo of you too of course!)  What inspires you? Or maybe, who do you, or how have you inspired someone?  

Check out all of the great "INSPIRATION" layouts from our AMAZING Design Team, and get all the details and prize info over at the Challenge YOUrself Blog!

Here is my layout for the challenge:
In case you didn't guess, my Mom INSPIRES me!  Her love of crafts, and her family always inspires me to explore my creative side.  We had such a great time at a paint night together.  I love how our paintings came out!
I used a new product from NUVO.  It is a mousse, or kind of like a paste that sets when dry.  I used it on the wooden title, and also dabbed it on the base page through a stencil - you can see a bit of it behind the flowers above.
You can see the gold a bit better in this photo.  I fussy cut all of the flower embellishments out of a 12 x 12 page from My Mind's Eye, then layered them and added some with 3D pop dots.
Another close up of the layers of flowers and some added bling.  I created a pocket behind my photo and tucked in a card for journaling.

Here is the journaling card - and yes, so blessed to have a Mom, who is also my best friend!

Another close up of the NUVO gold mousse - love this stuff!

I think I am going to have to purchase it in other colors too!!

Thanks so much for stopping by!!  I hope my layout will "INSPIRE" YOU to play along with us this month at the Challenge YOUrself Blog - Hop on over and check out all of the other beautiful INSPIRATION from the FANTASTIC Design Team there - and get all the details / contest rules / prize info, while you are there!   I can't wait to see what you CREATE!

((HUGS)) ~ Sherri

Items used:
Prima Mask
Nuvo Indian Gold Mousse
My Mind's Eye "Cut and Paste" Presh - 
               - Noted Detail
               - Good Times Treasures
               - Beautiful Delight
Ranger Distress Stains - Faded Jeans, Fired Brick, 
Wink of Stella - White, Pink, Blue
Sequins, Gems, Enamel Dots

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

SOS April Tic TacToe Challenge - "Together"

It is time for this month's Tic Tac Toe Challenge over at Scrap Our Stash!  Lots of FUN choices on the board this month!  Cant' wait to see what you will pick!
Altenew is generously offering a beautiful prize pack collection for our randomly drawn April winner.
Click HERE for more details on the prize.

This month, I started at the bottom left corner and traveled diagonally to the top right of the board.  I used:
The Color Yellow
Chevron Paper

Here is my Layout for your Inspiration:
When looking through photos and selecting one for my layout, Minnie's yellow dress caught my eye, I thought it would be perfect for this challenge!  
Love this peony flower from Donna Downey - I've had it I'm my stash forever!  The flower stickers in this collection worked perfectly for the challenge!
Here is a close up of some yellow elements used,  and the chevron paper!

Love how this grouping came out!
Here we are with Minnie! She has her Panama outfit on - as were were sailing through the Panama Canal that day.  To cover up the blank space at the top of the photo - I added a piece of Washi Tape, the embellishments at the bottom of the photo help to cover up the blue carpet, that takes away from the photo.
I love that little polka dot flower embellishment from Queen and Co., and their brand new sweet Yellow, White and Red Pinwheels! I actually WON the entire Pinwheel collection on a Facebook Contest that Queen and Co recently had!!

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you will play along with us this month at Scrap Our Stash!

Items used:
Echo Park "Magical Adventures" Collection:
    12x12 Papers:  Multi Dots, Silly Stripes, 2x2 Journaling Cards
     Enamel Dots
Simple Stories Say Cheese II Collection
     Chipboard Frames
     Self Adhesive Brads
EK Success - Mickey Heads and Mickey Icon
Queen and Co. - Ice Accents "Candy Shapes"
                         - Pinwheels - Yellow, White and Red
Donna Downey Studio - Poppies and Peonies
Ranger Distress Ink: Black Soot, Fossilized Amber, Broken China, Candied Apple

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Guest Designer for April for ArchiScraps Blot - SEW FUN!

There is a FUN and Colorful Challenge Blog that I have been playing along with recently.  The Blog is called Archi-scraps, and they are located in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia . If you like a good challenge, you should check them out and play along too!

I'm SUPER EXCITED to have been selected to be their April Guest Designer and I'm thankful for the honor!! Their challenges are quite unique, and mainly consist of one word, and an inspiration photo.  This really leaves room for your own interpretation, and makes it all quite FUN!

The Challenge for April is to make a layout or card featuring sewing (hand or machine) and using the photo below for inspiration.
I used the colors GREEN and ORANGE as inspiration from the photo, and did all my sewing by hand.  
Here is my Layout:
As you can see in the journaling on the tag, hubby and I were on the Jungle Cruise, at Disneyland in these photos.  I hand stitched a design along the top and bottom of the layout, as well as added 2 lines of stitching and added some beads above and below the photos.  Lots of GREEN and ORANGE! I really wanted to give this layout a "JUNGLE" feel!
Here are some close ups for you!
Here is a close up of the stitching and I am loving that AWESOME title!  It is from a set of Dear Lizzy  - "Hello" Thickers

Here is a close up of the beading, and some of the embellishments near the top right of the layout.
Of course I had to add a not so hidden "hidden Mickey" on the layout - after all, we were in Disneyland!  Love that sweet little tag that I covered with 3 different washi tapes!

Here is a close up of all the layers, tearing and stitching.  I did use a plastic guide, and first punched the holes of the stitched design into the paper, and then got busy sewing!
Love the 3D pop moth embellishment, and another close up of the stitching.

Here you can see another close up of the beading along with a few stitches that I added to the burlap.  I fussy cut the leaves out of a scrap of patterned paper that I had and layered them with pop dots to give them dimension.

Thanks for stopping by!  Please take a peek over at the Archi-scraps Blog, and check out the full info on the challenge, along with lots more inspiration from the Design Team members there!

((HUGS)) ~ Sherri
Items used:
Dear Lizzy Thickers - "Hello"
BoBunny Zoology "Wild Thing"
BoBunny Kiwi Journal
Basic Grey - Curio / General Store
Pink Paislee - Butterfly Garden  - Clear Pops
Fabric Palette - Jute Burlap Toile
Jillybean Soup - Wood Sprinkles
Art-C Bead Mix - Natural
Gems, Washi Tape, Embroidery Thread

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Lasting Memories March GDT Week 5 -- *5 Patterned Papers "Good Wait!"

Hello Scrappy Friends!
It is time for my last week as a Guest Designer for the Lasting Memories Scrapbook Layout Blog.
I really had a great time with these challenges, and I hope they have inspired you to get some scrappy and creative time in, and play along with us!

The last challenge is to use 5 different pattern papers.  If any of you have seen my layouts on previous posts, you know this is not a problem for me - and something that I love to do. A helpful hint for those that might find this difficult - try to use papers from the same paper line or collection. This way the manufacturers have done all the coordinating for you.  If not, don't be afraid to put different patterns together on your own.  I'd suggest looking for patterns that contain the same or similar colors, and build from there!

Here is my layout - I used BoBunny's Happy Tails Collection - I used 7 different patterns in this layout - 5 are obvious. Numbers 6 and 7 are the front and back of BoBunny's Double Dot Orange Citrus Vintage, used to mat the photos, and for the journaling tag.

I also used 3 of the same photos that I had played with by using different filters from an app that I have on my phone - I thought they came out cool and worked great for this layout!
These are our 2 Portuguese Waterdogs, Maggie, on the bottom left with the white paws and chest, and Tino on the top right, who is all black.  This breed is very smart, and since they are a working dog, they need to be challenged and kept busy.  One of their favorite training games is "wait."  After they sit, and then down, I place a treat on the top of one of their paws. As you can see, the won't even look at the treat, and will leave it there until I say "OK, Take it!"

I then praise them and say "Good Wait!" 

I've had the orange Double Dot Chipboard letters and swirls in my stash forever!, and thought they worked perfectly with this layout.

I matted and popped the "DOGS" sticker, and thought the orange dot washi tape worked well with the papers and chipboard. Love all the coordinating embellishments with this line!

I popped the mat with the 3 photos, and created a pocket to tuck a journaling card into.  Love that cute black and white doggie washi tape too!

Here is the back of the journaling card, and yes, I do love my dogs!  They bring such joy and love into our lives!

Thanks for stopping by, and thanks again to the Lasting Memories Challenge Blog for the March Guest Designer Spot!  I really had a great time - and completed 5 extra layouts this month too!! Check out the Lasting Memories Blog, for all of the challenge info and prize details and please join us, and play along!  
(((HUGS)) ~ Sherri

5 Pattern Papers

BoBunny Happy Tails Collection
1. License
2. Paw Prints
3. Fur Fashion
4. Spots
5. Stripes
6. BoBunny Double Dot Orange Citrus Vintage

BoBunny Double Dot Chipboard ( letters and swirls)
BoBunny Happy Tails - Brads and Jewels
Me and My Big Ideas - Mambi Chips
Ranger Distress Stain - Picket Fence, Carved Pumpkin, Fossilized Amber

Sunday, March 19, 2017

SOS - Sketch + "CHARM" - "Dole Whip"

It is time for Scrap Our Stash's February Sketch +Plus Challenge!  This month we have a SUPER FUN Sketch for you - PLUS an added challenge to use an item from your STASH that begins with each of the first letters of the word "CHARM"
Here is the Sketch -

And here is my take on the Challenge!
This is a layout of my hubby and me having one of my favorite treats - a Dole Whip Float! We enjoyed this delicious frozen refreshment on our 2nd visit to Disneyland, in May of 2016.  If you have never had one, it is a frozen pineapple "ice cream" ( it is non-dairy,) in fresh pineapple juice! YUM!!

I used the following items for the "CHARM" part of the Challenge:
C - Cardstock, Carved Pumpkin Distress Stain, Circle, Cocoa Vanilla Flair
H - Hearts, the Letter "H" in whip
A - Authentique - "Utopia" Collection, Alpha Stickers
R - Ranger Distress Stains, Ripped paper
M - Metal Flair Buttons, metal Brads / Cocoa Vanilla "Make a Wish" Flair
Here are some close ups for you:
I cut the cup of Dole Whip from a photo.  I love the little puffy pineapple sticker, and the pineapple paper too!

Flair is my new favorite embellishment - and this pineapple one is just perfect for this layout!
Like the sticker says "Vacations Rock" - and so does that tiny pineapple paper, and the really cool base page!
If you've been on my blog before - one of my favorite things is to add a "pocket" behind a photo, using 3D foam tape - and add a tag for journal - you can see the washi tape pull tab and the top of the tag in this photo.
Here is the front of the tag - I thought it worked perfectly with the "fruit" theme!! I inked the edges and added the double washi pull tab.

Here is the back of the tab - I wrote right on the patterned paper, that is just like the base page.

Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you will join us over at Scrap Our Stash - I can't wait to see what you come up with!

((HUGS)) ~ Sherri

Items Used:

Authentique Utopia Collection - Enchancements, Succulent, Details and Stickers
Ranger Distress Stains - Carved Pumpkin, Evergreen Bough, Fossilized Amber, Picked Raspberries, Peeled Paint
Brads, Flair, Wooden Hearts, Enamel Dots and Hearts, Washi Tape, Embroidery Thread, Cardstock