Wednesday, April 18, 2018

SOS April Blend-a-Sketch Plus - Challenge -"Beautiful Friends"

Hello Scrappy Friends-  It is time for our Blend-a-Sketch Challenge over at the 

This month's challenge is to blend 2 sketches below, 
and add either  "Polka Dots" or "Enamel Dots" 

Here is how I blended the sketches - I used 3 photos, as in the Sketch on the LEFT, and Circles and the basic layout - (tweaked a bit,) from the layout on the RIGHT.
I used photos from a very special trip into NYC, with my friends Melodie and Kimberly who were visiting from out of state, on Thanksgiving Weekend before their cruise, 
and my friend Marianne from NJ -who kindly drove us into the city that night.   
We had such a fun time, and the play was just “Beautiful!”

As you can see here - not only did I add black, red and yellow enamel dots, I added some red Polka Dot paper Washi Tape, and I used BoBunny's "Double Dot" Yellow Cardstock for the Polka Dot Challenge too!

Okay, so we didn't ride in a Taxi - as Marianne was our wonderful driver, but this sticker and that paper were just so adorable, I had to use them - and who doesn't think of a Yellow Taxi when you think about NYC?!!  (Plus the yellow went perfectly with the Playbill and Billboard colors too!)

Love these ladies - and blessed to call them my friends!

Yup, that is more black and grey Polka Dot paper that I had in my scrap paper bin. It was perfect for my hidden journaling tag - and that little taxi sticker is just so cute!!

Thanks for stopping by - I hope you give our Blend-a-Sketch Challenge a try, and invite you to join us this month over at the Scrap Our Stash Blog.  
Click on the link for challenge and prize details!

((HUGS)) ~ Sherri

Items Used:
Bella Blvd - Let's Go "Taxi"
                  - Just Add Color "Star Struck" and "Daily Details"
Basic Grey - Ambrosia
BoBunny - Mellow Yellow "Double Dot"
Echo Park - "Capture Life" Element Stickers
Carta Bella - "Yacht Club" - Enamel Dots
Recollections - Neon Brights - Enamel Dots
Jolee's Boutique - NYC Sticker
Custom "NEW YORK CITY" Title - buy
Ranger Distress Stains - Fossilized Amber, Picket Fence, Black Soot, Fired Brick

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Challenge YOUrself #52 - SKETCH - "Cinderella"

Hello Scrappy Friends!!
This month's Challenge - over at the Challenge YOUrself Blog is a SKETCH!! 
- and what a FUN one it is!!  
I hope you will join us a play along!!
There are so many possibilities with this sketch - you can use 2 large photos, or the one photo and journaling as shown - or even replace the 6"x7.5" photo with 2 photos.....
Or - you can "FLIP" it like I did too!

Here is my inspiration layout for you:
I flipped the sketch to the left and used lots of scrappy goodness from Simple Stories "Enchanted" Collection.  This is a photo of my hubby and I posing with Cinderella on our Westbound Panama Canal Cruise - on the Disney Wonder, in May of 2016!
She kept referring to my hubby as my "Prince" (which he is!)
and asked me if he gave me the necklace and tiara!

Here are some close ups for you:

I love that little frog!! - Thanks so much for stopping by, please head on over the the Challenge YOUrself Blog, and check out the AMAZING inspiration from the rest of the Design Team, along with all of the challenge rules and PRIZE info too!!

Thanks for stopping by - I hope I've inspired you to play along with us this month at the Challenge YOUrself Blog!
(((HUGS)) ~ Sherri

Items used:

Simple Stories: Enchanted Collection
   Wish Upon a Star and Dreams Come True 12 x 12 Paper
   Fundamentals and Expressions Cardstock Stickers
   Decorative Clips
   Enamel Dots
   Chipboard Stickers
Simple Stories: I AM - frame
Ranger Distress Stains:  Fossilized Amber, Tumbled Glass, Worn Lipstick, Twisted Citron, Dusty Concord.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

April SOS Golden Globe Challenge - "Small World"

It is time for Scrap Our Stash's April Golden Globe Challenge everyone!!  This month the inspiration is the Disney - PIXAR Movie "UP" 
and you have to include "Clouds" in your layout too!

The "Cloud" prompt reminded me of photos from a visit to "It's a Small World" at Disneyland, and since "UP" is a Disney (-PIXAR) movie - I decided to use them for my layout.
This was our 2nd visit to Disneyland - after our first Disney Wonder West Bound Panama Canal Cruise in May 2016. We had a great time, and hope to go back again someday!

Here are some close-ups for you:
The balloons in the inspiration photo reminded me of buttons,
so I had to include them in my layout.

I love the cloud background paper. I actually cut out the clouds I used as embellishments from the center of the base page - where I knew the holes would be covered by the photos and mats!  I then added them as embellishments, using 3-D Foam tape.

Thanks so much for stopping by!  I hope the only clouds in your future will be the ones you use on your layout, when you play along with us this month, at the Scrap Our Stash Blog!

((HUGS)) ~ Sherri

Items Used:

American Crafts - The color of Memories "Cloud" Paper
My Minds Eye - Cut and Paste - Presh "Beautiful" Bliss Paper
                                             - Presh "Good Times" Tribal Paper
                                             - Presh "Good Times" Treasures Paper
Distress Stains  - Fossilized Amber, Tumbled Glass, Worn Lipstick
Heidi Swapp - Photo Frames
Simple Stories - Enchanted Chipboard Stickers
Cocoa Vanilla "Love Always" Flair
Buttons, Thread, Queen and Company "Bubbbles"
Embroidery Thread
Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher

Sunday, March 18, 2018

SOS March Blend-a-Sketch Challenge - "Never too Old!"

Hi my Scrappy Friends!  I want to share this FUN Sketch Challenge with you from the Scrap Our Stash Blog!  It's our Blend-a-Sketch Challenge - just pick your favorite parts of both layouts and create 1 layout inspired by both sketches - 
Oh - and also include a FRAME on your layout too!
Details, Prize Info and Inspiration can be found on the Scrap Our Stash Blog!!

Here are the sketches:
And here is my take on the challenge:
I used the center part of the left sketch's design, and the banner, single photo, embellishment placement from the right sketch. 

This is a photo of my brother Jack and I.  We stopped in at our parent's home on the way to work one day, and they had packed us each a lunch of homemade soup, and even wrote our names on our lunch bags!!  Love them!!

Here you can see the chipboard frame, and a sticker frame tucked behind it - that is a requirement of the challenge. I love the little paper lunch bag, that I made out of a real lunch bag - and used it to note the date!

I have had this zipper in my stash forever and I thought it worked perfectly for this layout - as it was a very cold morning and we were both "zipped up" and getting ready to go out the door and off to work!
This little journaling corner and embellishments was inspired by the sketch on the left.  I guess you are never too hold to have your parents pack your lunch!!

Thanks for stopping by!  I hope I have inspired you to join play along with us this month at the Scrap Our Stash Blog.
 ((HUGS)) ~ Sherri

Items used:
Echo Park - Times & Seasons Collection:
 -Fancy Damask
 - Element Stickers
 - Alpha Stickers
 - Lovely Noteables
 - Swanky Floral
Jillibean Soup - Healthy Hello Soup "Herbed Hola"
Washi Tape / Petaloo Flowers
Nuvo Crystal Drops - Midnight Blue, Copper Penny, Bottle Green
Ranger Distress Stains:  Peeled Paint, Vintage Photo, Faded Jeans, Fired Brick

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Mach Challenge YOUrself #51 "BINGO" - Kinky Boots!

Happy March everyone!! Are you looking forward to Spring as much as I am?  I am glad I have my scrappy addition to keep me busy during these cold Winter days!!

One of the things I worked on was this FUN Scrapbook "BINGO" Challenge from over at the Challenge YOUrself Blog!!  
Just pick a row of items, and be sure to INCLUDE YOU in your layout!

I chose to use the diagonal line - from the top left, to the bottom right, and used:


Here is my Design Team Layout for your Inspiration:
My mom and I went into NYC last summer to see this AWESOME Play on Broadway!  It was during my Birthday week and I am so happy we got to share this experience together!  We even took our first ever UBER ride to and from the city!
I've been dying to use this cool red velvet theater seat paper from Paperhouse forever!!  I knew I had to use it for this layout - but had a bit of a struggle trying to make it work!!  I didn't want to cover it up too much and I had a real challenge making it "fit" my style!  

Here are some close ups for you:
I've had that NYC Apple Sticker for years too!!

This custom Die Cut was made by the talented "Mama Doodle" over at the Scrap-a-Doodle Doo on-line store.  This use to be my Local Scrapbook Store - but due to changing times - they no longer have a "brick and mortar" but all the delicious scrappy goodies can still be found at 

I used the "rainbow" on the top of the playbill in this photo, and the brick on the building on the set as inspiration to add other paper elements to the layout.

I added some fun and colorful fibers to the journaling tag, I think it helps to add texture to the layout.

I love making hidden pockets to tuck a tag in.  It is a great way to add journaling to your layout!
Thanks so much for stopping by!  I hope I have inspired you to play "BINGO" with us this month, at the Challenge YOUrself Blog!  I can't wait to see how you will play along!
(((HUGS))) ~ Sherri

Items used:
Paperhouse - Colorways - Rouge Collection P-3064
Paperhouse - NYC Collestion - P-2031, P-2032
Lawn Fawn - Really Rainbow "Yellow Brick Rd"
Jolee's Boutique - New York City Stickers
Wink of Stella, Clear
Kinky Boots custom Die Cut from
Queen and Co.  - Rhinestones, Pinwheels, Sparklers
Ranger Distress Stains - Tarnished Brass, Black Soot

Sunday, March 4, 2018

March "Golden Globe Challenge" from SOS - "Lucky"

Hi Scrappy Peeps!
It is time for the March "Golden Globe" Challenge over at the Scrap Our Stash Blog!

This month we are challenging you to to create a Happy or Lucky Themed Layout - and you must include an "EMOJI" embellishment and/or Emoji patterned paper on your layout.

So - I selected this photo taken at my niece / God daughter's wedding on May 13, 2017.  It is a picture of my 3 Sister-in-Law's and me, have a wonderful time!  ( We always have a great time together and this wonderful occasion was no exception!)
I really am "LUCKY" to have these wonderful women in my life, so I used that as my title. 
They are more like sisters to me, instead of sister-in-laws!!
I also drew inspiration from the pink in the poster of the prompt.
I used LOTS of "stuff" from my "Stash" of Simple Stories' "I AM" collection for this layout!
 Here are some close ups for you:

I used this "EMOJI" brad from Simple Stories

I certainly am "very blessed!"

I hope you can join us over at the Scrap Our Stash Blog - and can't wait to see what you come up with for this fun challenge!!

((HUGS)) ~ Sherri

Items used:
Simple Stories "I AM" Collection Pack, stickers, chipboard, bits and pieces, enamel dots and brads
Simple Stories Emoji Brad
Ranger Distress Inks- Picket Fence, Evergreen Bough, Abandoned Coral,
Trunk Bay Glimmer Mist
Dusty Attic Chipboard
Tonic Studios Nuvo Mousse
Gold Embroidery Thread

Sunday, February 18, 2018

SOS February Blend-a-Sketch with Hearts "Follow Your Heart"

It is time for February's Blend - A - Sketch Challenge over at the Scrap Our Stash Blog!  
This month's added challenge is to add Heart Patterned Paper or a Heart Embellishment on your layout!
You have until Feb 28th to play along with us!  Complete Challenge Rules and PRIZE Info can be found on the SCRAP OUR STASH BLOG!

Below is my take on the challenge.
I decided to flip the sketch on the right on it's side, and used hearts behind the photo (instead of a single star) as inspiration from the photo on the left. I added some tags, as shown on both layouts, and used many heart embellishments!
I love this photo of my youngest son Jake and I.  It was a selfie we took at my niece's wedding and is one of my favorites of us!  How is it that my baby so much taller than me!??  We had a great time celebrating with our family, and made lots of happy memories!

Besides the very handsome young man in this photo, I love the "Be you" flair button!  Below are some more close ups for you:

I love this "Hello Lovely" collection from Simple Stories- If you know me, I LOVE just about every collection they make!!  The colors are awesome, and I love how everything coordinates with the color of Jake's shirt. 

Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you enjoyed my take on the challenge, and I can't wait to see what you come up with!
Please hope on over to the Scrap Our Stash Blog for all the details!

((HUGS)) ~ Sherri

Items used:
Simple Stories - Hello Lovely Colletion - 
   Cardstock Stickers
   12x12 papers - Fab-U-Lous, So Very Lovely
Rager Distress Stains - Forest Moss, Abandoned Coral, Evergreen Bough
Simple Stories - Faith - Decorative Brads
Heidi Swapp - Stickers
Cocoa Vanilla - Free Spirit Flair
Carta Bella - Yacht Club Enamel Dots
American Crafts Shimelle Puffy Heart Stickers
Pebbles - Enamel Dots
Nuvo Mousse - Citrus Green and Aqua Marine
Studio Calico Wooden Hearts
Decollections Lace Tape

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Challenge YOUrself #50 Mood Board Challenge - Feb 2018 "LOVE"

Hello everyone!  We have a new and different challenge for you over at the Challenge YOUrself Blog!  Just create a Layout using the Color Palette below - and be sure to include a Photo of YOU!
Head on over to the Challenge YOUrself Blog for all the details and PRIZE info too!

Here is my take on the challenge - I pulled out LOTS of PINK Stuff from my stash - and really went to town!   This is a photo of my hubby and I on our Disney Magic Cruise - last October.  Our sons surprised us with a lovely Anniversary Cake - to help us celebrate our 35th Anniversary!

Here are some close ups for you:

I was also inspired by LM #381 - Color Me Happy - Reds/Pinks  Challenge over at the Lasting Memories Blog and have entered this layout there!

Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you find the time to play along with us at the Challenge YOUrself Blog this month!

(((HUGS))) ~ Sherri

Items Used:
Teresa Collins - Freestyle Zebra
Fancy Pants - Summer Sun - Just Beachy
My Minds Eye - Cut and Paste by Jen Allyson :
  Bits and Pieces - Fresh Inspired
  Adorbs "Story" Recollect Paper
  Flair "WOW" Sweet Paper
  Sugar Plum Enamel Shapes
Nuvo Crystal Drops - Red Berry
Ranger Black Enamel Accents
Ranger Distress Stains - Picked Berry, Picket Fence
Ranger Distress Crayon - Worn Lipstick
Embossing Paste
Magenta Acrylic Paint
Cocoa Vanilla - Free Spirit Flair
Sequins, Doily, Feathers, Twine
American Crafts - Shimelle Puffy Heart Stickers
Dusty Attic Marrakesh Trellis Small, Black Tab MT6, #4 Black Word Pl@y
Queen and Co - Washi Tape
Flowers, Buttons
Brutus Monroe Jagged Heart Stencil
Tattered Angels Lipstick Pink Glitter Glam
American Crafts - Thickers - Skyler and Twins