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

Sunday, February 4, 2018

February SOS Golden Globe Challenge "Love Actually"

It is time for the next "Golden Globe" Stash Challenge from the Scrap Our Stash Blog!  The Challenge is for you to create a layout inspired by the movie "Love Actually" - AND - you must include TWINE on our layout AND the word LOVE in your Title!!  You have until Feb 28th to enter - Details and Prize Info can be found on the SOS Blog!

And here is my layout for the Scrap Our Stash Design Team and for your inspiration.

This is a photo of my hubby and I - "way back when" we first started dating.  Yes, we were High School Sweethearts, and started dating back in 1976. I was 15, and he was 17.  We are one of the lucky ones, as we have been married for 35 years now, and there is no one else I would want to grow old with.  He truly is "My Endless Love."

I use LOTS, I mean LOTS of stuff from my stash!! This photo has been around a long time - ( how is it possible that it was taken 41 years ago??!! )  For the challenge - you can see I used the word LOVE in my title, and a few other places on the page.  I also used TWINE to tie the envelope closed, on the paper key embellishment, and on the cute little heart in the little envelope. I am so happy with how the layout came out.

 Here are some close ups for you:
Oh how I remember that beautiful "sweater-coat." Who else remembers sweater-coats?  I love that one!! Phil had given it to me for our first Christmas so this photo must have been taken in the late winter, early spring of 1977. 
(Although I have to say, I have NO idea where this photo was taken!) 

Thanks so much for stopping by!  I hope you will find some time in this short month, to get scrappy and play along with us at the SCRAP OUR STASH BLOG!
(((HUGS)) ~ Sherri

Items used:
Bazzill Cardstock - Boardwalk Brown
Tim Holtz Kraft paper with resist
Simple Stories "Generations" - Together and Live Love Laugh
                         "Documented" - Chevron
Tim Holtz Idea-ology -Adage Tickets and Big Chat
BoBunny "Timepiece" - Cut Outs
EK Success - Mini Fresh Cuts Stickers, Fresh Stickers, Love Unlocked
Dusty Attic "Wordplay" #3 and #4
Ranger Distress Spray - Tarnished Brass
Ranger Distress Stain - Tarnished Brass, Ground Espresso, Fired Brick
Sew Easy - Bakers Twine
We R Memory Keepers - Sequin Stickers
Queen and Co. - Washi Tape, Nightfall Pearls, Twinkle Goosebumps
Nuvo - Crystal Drops - Antique Rose
Prima Flowers - Engraver
Jillebean Soup - Wood Sprinkles
Ranger Dyed Ink Pad - Cocao
Stamping Up roller stamp
Maya Road - Kraft Envelope

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Paper Issues' Scraplift Sunday January Challenge - "Fancy Friends"

Hi Scrappy Friends - 

I decided to play along with this beautiful Inspiration Layout from Cassie, over at the 
- Check it out below:

Here is my take on the challenge:
This is a photo of my friend Kimberly and I.  We met in 2014 onboard The Disney Magic's TransAtlantic Cruise and have been friends ever since.  Even though she lives in Ohio, and I live in New Jersey, we stay in touch on the internet and by phone. We sailed together again in 2016, and she spent Thanksgiving with our family and we toured NYC together last November.  
I must say, Disney Cruise friends are really the best!!
This photo was taken in one of my favorite restaurants on the Disney ships - Animator's Palette. 
I thought that the Simple Stories "So Fancy" Collection was perfect for the photo 
and for our friendship!

Here are some close ups for you:

Thanks for stopping by, 
and Thanks Paper Issues for the great inspiration!

Items used:
Simple Stories - "So Fancy" - Pink Watercolor / Triangles
Enamel Dots
Bits and Pieces
Washi Paper Tape
Sn@p Cards
Chipboard Stickers
Queen and Co. Felt Flowers
Carpe Diem Decorative Clips
Hemptique Bakers Twine

Ranger Distress Stains - Picket Fence, Fossilized Amber, Blueprint Sketch, Picked Raspberry, Evergreen Bough

Thursday, January 18, 2018

January SOS Blend-a-Sketch "MEOW"

WOW!  Take a look at the NEW BLEND-A-SKETCH CHALLENGE   from the 

To "blend" the sketches-I decided to flip the layout on the right on it's side, and use that layout's basic design elements, including the triangle, 3 photos and the added element on top of the middle photo. From the layout on the right, I used the journaling space idea, and made a "sort of" half twisty circle with yarn, around the photos.
I also included RHINESTONES (don't forget!)
This is a layout showcasing our new "Grand-Kitty" Sam!
He is super sweet, and puts up with our 2 dogs when he comes to visit.  He is the most adorable kitten, and has the sweetest face!

Here are some close ups for you:

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you get a chance to get creative with us this month, and try out this new challenge from the 

((HUGS)) ~ Sherri

Items Used:

BoBunny Happy Tails  Collection
 - Spots
 - Cat Nap
 - Chipboard, Noteworthy, Jewels (Rhinestones)
Base is Prima Marketing - Songbird Collection "Jotz"
Simple Stories "We are Family" - Making Memories
Jillibean Soup - Fur Fusion Soup - Wooden Embellishments
Ranger Distress Stains - Evergreen Bough, Fossilized Amber, Fired Brick, Picket Fence

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Challenge YOUrself #49 Jan '18 You Raise Me Up

HAPPY 2018 my Scrappy Friends!!
I wish you all a year filled with LOVE, LAUGHTER, JOY, HAPPINESS, GOOD HEALTH, 
and time for YOU to get SCRAPPY!

Over at the Challenge YOUrself Blog, we look forward to Challenging and Inspiring YOU, and would LOVE for YOU to play along with us this year!

Our January Challenge is to create a layout using the lyrics from "YOU raise me up!" as inspiration. 
and Don't forget to include YOU in your layout!
Hop on over to the CHALLENGE YOUrself Blog for all the details and PRIZE info!

Here is my Layout for the Design Team and Inspiration:
My hubby of 35 years, my High School Sweetheart,
my Best Friend, my Endless LOVE, always raises me up
with his unconditional LOVE for me and all he does for our family every single day!
When I saw this challenge, I knew he had to be in the photo.

I love this collection from Simple Stories - I thought it was the perfect paper collection and embellies to use for this photo of when I surprised him with a 49 1/2 Birthday party!

Love the sweet black chipboard "snapshot" tab and little heart
that I won in a give-a-way from Dusty Attic!

I had fun using the stickers from this Simple Stories "Heart" Collection. 
I love combining all the different patterns!

Not sure if you can see behind our heads, but that is a poster I had made from the invitations.  The party was outside, and it was Soprano's Themed, (one of hubby's favorite TV shows.)  We had lots of Italian food - and I even hired a Tony and Carmela Soprano Look-a-Like as entertainment for the party! Everyone had a blast!

Thanks so much for stopping by!  I hope you find some time to relax and treat yourself to some "YOU" Scrappy time this month, and that you will play along with us at the 

((HUGS)) and HAPPY NEW YEAR!! ~ Sherri

Items used:

Simple Stories "Heart" Collection:
- Forever in My Heart
- Treasured Memories
- Element #1 and #2
- I Love You
- Cardstock Stickers
My Minds Eye - "Yes Please" Chipboard Elements
Dusty Attic Black Chipboard Tab and Heart
Necessities - Metallic "Confetti" Vellum
Ranger Distress Stains: Black Soot, Evergreen Bough, Brushed Brass
Washi Tape, Brads, 

Thursday, January 4, 2018

January Scrap Our Stash NEW Challenge "WINTER"

Happy 2018!!
It's time for a Brand New Challenge Format over at the 
We have changed our first of the month challenge inspiration, by giving you a "Theme"
and an added element challenge!  
This was so much fun - and I hope you will play along with us!

Here is January's Challenge:

And here is my Design Team Layout for your inspiration- As you can see, I created a Winter Themed Layout, and I used the word Winter in my title, and I added journaling and doodling 
with a White Ink gel pen.
I used these frosty winter photos of our oldest son playing with our then 2 yr old Portuguese Water Dog Tino!  I think Tino is also a Portuguese "Snow" Dog too - as he loves to play in, eat and snort the white stuff!

Here are some close ups for you:
I just love this colorful Altitude collection from BoBunny!

The doodles and journaling around this photo were originally written with a white gel pen - yet the deep rich purple color on the cardstock turned it a complimentary shade of light purple. 
I kind of like the "magic" that happened! 
Here you can see the White Ink from the gel pen along with crazy Tino in action! He is groomed in the classic "Lion Cut" traditionally used on Portuguese Waterdogs -where his hind quarters and all but the end of his tail are shaved short.  The end of the tail is called a "flag" and acts as a rudder when they swim.  The hair (not fur, as these dogs do not shed,) on the front of his body and legs remains long, to protect and keep his vital organs warm when swimming.  These are working dogs, and they have webbed feet.  They were used by fishermen in Portugal to retrieve nets, and fish, and carry messages between boats many years ago!

As you can see I love mixing patterns and different embellishment elements - the clear blingy snowflakes, the flat finish on the button, the raised "snow" flair button, the purple bling, light teal pearl and the white Nuvo crystal drops - oh and lets not forget that diamond patterned 2 color washi tape!!

Here is a close up of those mixed up elements! ( and my son Nick's handsome face too!)

Thanks so much for stopping by!  I hope you get to play along with us on this fun NEW Challenge over at the SCRAP OUR STASH BLOG!  Just  click on the line for full challenge and prize details!

I wish you and your family a very HAPPY and HEALTHY 2018!  All the best to you and yours!
((HUGS)) ~ Sherri

Items Used:
BoBunny Altitude Collection - Cold Snap, Bundled
Simple Stories - Snow Fun Collection - Flurries
Fancy Pants - TimberLane Collection - Lable Stickers and Button set
Uniball Signo White Ink Gel Pen
Washi Tape and Gems
Queen and Co Baby Blue Pearls
Nuvo Crystal Drops - Simply White
Me and My Big Ideas - Mambi Stones - gem snowflakes
Ranger Distress Stains